Log Out | Member Center

67°F

76°/58°

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.

Subscribe to our newsletters

The Wichita Eagle welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views. Please see our commenting policy for more information.

Have a news tip? You can send it to wenews@wichitaeagle.com or consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Wichita Eagle.

Search for a job

in

Top jobs