Thunderbirds release practice, performance schedule

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team is scheduled to conclude the Air Force Academy’s Class of 2022 graduation ceremony May 25 with a 30-minute performance above Falcon Stadium. The performance is planned from 12:30 p.m. through 1 p.m., just after the hat toss.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to arrive in Colorado Springs Monday, May 23 and conduct a survey flight from approximately 11:15 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. before landing at Peterson Space Force Base.

On Tuesday, May 24, the Thunderbirds are scheduled to fly a practice mission over of the Academy’s  Falcon Stadium. As mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration, extensive road closures and traffic detours are planned on the Academy under the performance area Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 25.

Closures include the Santa Fe Trail and roads under the show area, 11:30 a.m. through 4p.m. Tuesday, May 24, and 10 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. Closures include:

  • Stadium Boulevard - from Pine Drive to North Gate Blvd
  • Community Center Drive - from Stadium Blvd. to E. Douglass Drive
  • Academy Drive - from Stadium Blvd. to Lot 6
  • The Santa Fe Trail from Tri-intersection Bridge to Parade Loop.

For public safety, drivers are reminded not to stop along Interstate 25 or any roads on the Academy to watch any of the Thunderbird performances.

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