Fort Wayne Air Show planned for 2019, with the USAF Thunderbirds returning

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds take off in formation during the 2016 Fort Wayne Air Show at Fort Wayne International Airport. The Thunderbirds will return for the 2019 Fort Wayne Air Show, the Indiana Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing announced Tuesday. (Courtesy photo)
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during the 2016 Fort Wayne Air Show at Fort Wayne International Airport. The Thunderbirds will return for the 2019 Fort Wayne Air Show, the Indiana Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing announced Tuesday. (Courtesy photo)

Fort Wayne will host an air show again in 2019, and the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds will be one of the highlights, the Indiana Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing announced Tuesday.

The air show is scheduled for July 6-7, 2019, the announcement said.

The Thunderbirds, who also are known as America’s Ambassadors in Blue, are the U.S. Air Force’s demonstration squadron, the announcement said. The group was founded in 1953 and currently is assigned to the 57th Wing based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

The Thunderbirds also performed at the 2016 Fort Wayne Air Show and helped attract a crowd of more than 36,000 people, the announcement said.

The squadron operates on a two-year booking cycle, so their commitment to the 2019 Fort Wayne Air Show now will allow leaders of the Fort Wayne Air Show organization and partner organizations to plan the rest of the event around the Thunderbirds’ appearance, the announcement said.

The Fort Wayne Air Show group works with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority and the 122nd Fighter Wing to host the air show. The event, which will be free admission and open to the general public, features aerial performances, unique aircraft, parked aircraft displays and more.

“The U.S. Thunderbirds put on a phenomenal showcase in 2016, and the Blacksnakes (the 122nd’s unit nickname) at the 122nd couldn’t be prouder to work with the community to bring them back in 2019,” Col. Patrick Renwick, 122nd Fighter Wing commander, said in the announcement.

“The 2019 air show will be even better than the last, and we are excited to open our wing to the community again,” Renwick said.

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