OGDEN, UTAH — One of the largest air shows in the United States will host the Air Force Thunderbirds and the F-35A Lightning II this summer at Hill Air Force Base.
The Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show is scheduled for June 27-28, 2020. The air show is free and open to public.
“We’re excited to host the Thunderbirds, the F-35 Demonstration Team, and all of the other military and civilian performers,” Col. Jon Eberlan, 75th Air Base Wing Commander at Hill AFB, said on Monday. “These events are important for our service’s recruiting efforts and affords us the opportunity to showcase the capabilities of our military.”
The Air Force Thunderbirds perform aerial maneuvers aboard six F-16C Fighting Falcon jets. They demonstrate tight precision flying by the diamond team, and the high-speed passes of the two solo jets.
The F-35A Demo Team will demonstrate the handling characteristics of America’s newest fifth-generation fighter. The team recently moved their home base to Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing.
“As the first Airmen to fly the F-35A operationally every day, we know what it can do,” Col. Steven Behmer, commander of the 388th Fighter Wing, added on Monday. “We’re excited to show off its power, speed, and maneuverability to audiences.”
The Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, and top civilian aerobatic pilots will also headline the popular air show. Rob Holland, Matt Younkin, Gary Rower, and more will perform a dizzying array of aerobatics each afternoon.
Hill AFB will use the two-day event to celebrate their 80th anniversary. Col. Eberlan noted the base’s rich history dating back to the weeks prior to America’s entrance into World War II.
“It’s an opportunity to say ‘thank-you’ to our community and the state of Utah for their loyal and continued support of our Airmen, our installation, and our mission.”
(Charles A. Atkeison reports on aerospace and technology. Follow his updates via social media @Military_Flight.)