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    Cowboys, broncos, bulls and…Thunderbirds!

    Cowboys, broncos, bulls and...Thunderbirds!

    Photo By Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano | The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in a delta formation during Cheyenne Frontier...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano 

    90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

    The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds once again performed during Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming, July 27. Their aerial acrobatics took place over Laramie County Community College and is a crowd favorite during CFD.

    Before the air show began, Maj. Kevin Walsh, Operations officer and Thunderbirds #7 pilot, read the enlisted oath to 28 men and women set to enlist in the Air Force.

    “The most awesome part of the air show was at the beginning when we saw all these young recruits reciting the oath of enlistment,” said Phil lozeau, spectator. “I am so proud that these future Airmen are standing up and signing up to protect this nation. The air show was awesome, and that was really a sight to be seen.”

    This is the 62nd year the Thunderbirds have performed in Cheyenne, which was the birthplace of their first public performance in 1953.

    “I know the history behind the Thunderbirds performing at CFD, and it’s an incredibly rich history,” said Capt. Ryan Bodenheimer, Thunderbirds #2 pilot. “Coming back and seeing just how beautiful the town looks and knowing that the Thunderbirds started here is a really cool feeling.”

    The team’s resiliency helped them come back strong after the safe landing near the Air Force Academy in June by Maj. Alex Turner, Thunderbirds #6 pilot, said Bodenheimer.

    “We are all an incredibly tight-knit group of people, so whenever anything happens that can disrupt an organization I think we do a really good job of coming together and supporting each other,” he said. “That’s looking your wingman in the eye and genuinely making sure they are ready to go fly.”

    While in town, the Thunderbirds also served the community by visiting the local VA Medical Center and flipping pancakes at the annual pancake breakfast in town.

    “It’s so exciting to see the air show every year,” said Troy Rumpf, spectator. “It was a perfect day for flying, and the Thunderbirds are truly just an awesome spectacle in the sky.”



    Date Taken: 07.27.2016
    Date Posted: 07.27.2016 18:29
    Story ID: 205265
    Location: CHEYENNE, WY, US 
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