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U.S. Air Force 'Thunderbirds' to headline Luke Air Force Base's 'Luke Days' air show in 2020

Posted: 12:52 PM, Dec 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-13 14:54:32-05
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The U.S. Air Force "Thunderbirds" demonstration team will headline Luke Air Force Base's biennial air show in 2020.

"Luke Days 2020" will take place on March 21-22, 2020, the Arizona Air Force Base announced on Thursday.

"Luke Days is our chance to open up our gates and welcome the community on base to see their U.S. military up close. We love hosting you as a small thank you for the amazing support you give us year after year," said Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury, 56th Fighter Wing commander in a prepared statement.

More than 250,000 people attended this year's air show, which took place March 17-18, 2018, the Air Force Base said. It is a free event.

This year's event was headlined by the U.S. Navy's "Blue Angels" demonstration team. The weekend event typically features other demonstration teams, stunt teams, and the ability to see military and vintage aircrafts upclose.

The tough news? The festival is more than a year away.

ABOUT THE 'THUNDERBIRDS'

Officially, the U.S. Air Force refers to their demonstration team as the, "U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron."

The team was formed in June 1, 1953 at Luke Air Force Base in Litchfield Park, Arizona. At the time, they were nicknamed the "stardusters."
In June 1956, they were relocated to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

The team is made up of eight pilots, four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted members.

Each show lasts about 75 minutes and includes an estimated 40 maneuvers, according to a U.S. Air Force fact sheet.

They've performed in all 50 states, 57 countries and been seen by more than 280 million people.