Thunderbirds to Decide Monday on Ocean City Air Show Participation
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are set to make a decision Monday on whether or not they'll be performing next weekend at the Ocean City Air Show in Ocean City, Maryland.
The Thunderbirds were confirmed as the headlining performers for the 2016 Ocean City Air Show last December before a crash June 2nd forced the team to stand down until further notice. Thunderbird 6, Major Alex Turner, crashed June 2nd following a flyover of the United States Air Force Academy commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Major Turner safely ejected and no one on the ground was hurt. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
June 7th, just five days after the crash, the team returned to the skies above their home base, Nellis AFB, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pilots will continue to fly practice demonstrations above Nellis AFB until they are approved to return to the air show circuit.
The Thunderbirds cancelled their scheduled appearance at Kirtland AFB the weekend following the crash before also cancelling the next weekend's scheduled performances in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The team's next scheduled appearance is the 2016 Ocean City Air Show.
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