United States Air Force Thunderbirds to Headline Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

United States Air Force Thunderbirds to Headline Wings Over North Georgia Air

PR Newswire

ROME, Ga., Feb. 12, 2013

ROME, Ga., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The United States Air Force
Thunderbirds will perform at the annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show,
taking place Oct. 12-13 at Rome's Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.

At the Wings Over North Georgia show in October, the Thunderbirds jet team
will be flying their six signature red, white and blue F-16 Falcons,
accompanied by the Silver Wings, the U.S. Army's parachute demonstration team
based out of Fort Benning, Ga.

"We are extraordinarily proud to have been chosen as a performance site for
the Thunderbirds after our first year," said JLC Airshow Management President
John Cowman. "Only a few places in the country receive this honor, and I am
proud to bring this opportunity to share the Thunderbirds with the people of
Atlanta, Chattanooga, North Georgia, and Northeast Alabama."

The Thunderbirds were officially activated June 1, 1953, as the 3600th Air
Demonstration Unit at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. In addition to their
responsibilities as the Air Force's premier jet demonstration team, the
Thunderbirds are part of the U.S. Air Force combat force. If required, the
team's personnel and aircraft can be rapidly integrated into a fighter unit at
Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Because the aircraft are only slightly
modified, they can be made combat-ready in less than 72 hours.

The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, which will be demonstrated at Wings
Over North Georgia, represents the full range of capabilities possessed by the
Air Force's tactical fighters. This highly maneuverable, multi-role fighter
has proved to be one of the world's best precision tactical bombers and
air-to-air combat aircraft. The only modifications needed to prepare aircraft
for air demonstrations are a smoke-generating system and the addition of
Thunderbird colors.

In addition to the Thunderbirds and Silver Wings performances, the weekend's
activities will also include the Smoke-n-Thunder Auto Show, the Aerostars
Aerobatic Flight team, the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Team, and many other
family-friendly activities and demonstrations.

Wings Over North Georgia: http://wingsovernorthgeorgia.com
Air Force Thunderbirds: http://afthunderbirds.com
Additional information about the F-16 can be found at
For high resolution and web resolution pictures:

JLC Airshow Management
CONTACT: John Cowman

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SOURCE JLC Airshow Management

Website: http://wingsovernorthgeorgia.com
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