A United States Air Force Thunderbird soars over Lake City on Thursday during a site survey. 

A United States Air Force Thunderbird soars over Lake City on Thursday during a site survey. 

Thursday, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds screamed into Lake City, Florida for the 2016 Gateway to Florida Air Show.

Its been 12 years since the Thunderbirds last visited Lake City, Florida, and the team made sure that the city knew they were back in town. Thursday afternoon, the famous Thunderbird Delta went smoke on over the Lake City Gateway Airport, site of this weekend's show. The pilots completed a site survey in which they point out various landmarks surrounding the city to use as markers and checkpoints during this weekend's demonstrations. 

A red, white, and blue F-16 Fighting Falcon sits poised on the ramp in Lake City, Florida Thursday. 

A red, white, and blue F-16 Fighting Falcon sits poised on the ramp in Lake City, Florida Thursday. 

Friday, the team is set to take to the skies for one final practice demonstration before performing for the Lake City crowd Saturday and Sunday. The gates open at 9:00 am both Saturday and Sunday, with flying beginning just after 11:00 am. The Thunderbirds are the featured performers for the weekend and will wrap up the show at 3:30 on both days.

The Thunderbird Diamond completes a left echelon pass prior to pitching up to land Thursday above Lake City, Florida. 

The Thunderbird Diamond completes a left echelon pass prior to pitching up to land Thursday above Lake City, Florida. 

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Thunderbirds 1-6 debrief following a successful cross-country trip to Lake City, Florida.

Thunderbirds 1-6 debrief following a successful cross-country trip to Lake City, Florida.

Thunderbird 4 taxis to parking after touching down at the Lake City Gateway Airport. 

Thunderbird 4 taxis to parking after touching down at the Lake City Gateway Airport.