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Thunderbirds to resume flying in 2014; McConnell not on show schedule

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 3:42 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 4:09 p.m.

The Thunderbirds – the Air Force’s elite demonstration squadron – announced their 2014 schedule Friday, but it doesn’t include a stop at McConnell Air Force Base.

After not performing at all in 2013 because of the defense department’s spending cutback, the Thunderbirds will resume their 61st season of shows. They will perform 66 demonstrations at 34 locations next year, according to a Air Force news release.

The Thunderbirds have performed at McConnell numerous times over the years, including in 2012.

The closest performances to Wichita in 2014 will be at two Air Force bases in Oklahoma – Tinker (June 21-22) and Altus (Sept. 13-14).

In deciding to resume the Thunderbirds’ shows, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said, “Community and public outreach is a crucial department activity that reinforces trust and confidence” in the military.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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