USAF Thunderbirds — “Thunder Over the Midlands” Ended up being a beautiful day out ☀️ pic.twitter.com/Bk0FHgVTSh
— JenRenbarger (@JenRenbarger) May 21, 2016
If you’ve ever wanted the experience of watching an air force base put on an air show, or if that’s something that sounds fun and exciting to you, you’re in luck. This month, the Shaw Air Force Base of Sumter, South Carolina will be hosting the Thunder Over the Midlands Shaw Air Expo, where visitors will be permitted to explore the air force base through an open house event and watch the famous Thunderbirds and Black Daggers put on a demonstration of epic proportions.
General admission is free to the public for this event, which allows people to get a closer look at the inner workings of the United States Air Force through aerial shows and on-the-ground aircraft displays for attendants’ viewing pleasure. The goal of the expo is to introduce the general public to military hardware and build community relationships, but many people are there for one reason — to see the pilots perform.
The performers at the air show will be the US Air Force’s precision-flying demonstration team, known publicly as the Thunderbirds, and they will be accompanied by the Black Daggers, the US Army’s official Specials Ops Command Parachute Demonstration Team. These two teams were specially-selected and chosen to represent the United States military to the public. In short, that means they’re really good at what they do.
The event takes place two days on May 21st and 22nd from 8:00am until 5:00pm. If you missed the event this year, make sure you check it out next year. It is a great event for all! Do you have any photos to share? Let us know in the comments below!