Thunderbirds, Blue Angels Release 2014 Schedules

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Last year, the showcase military teams were grounded by federal budget problems, but for the 2014 airshow season, both the USAF Thunderbirds and the Navy's Blue Angels are back in full force. The Thunderbirds released their full schedule last week at the International Council of Air Shows annual conference, and the Blue Angels also announced an updated and revised schedule. The Thunderbirds will start their year on Jan. 1, with a flyover at the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif. After that, they will fly at 34 airshows around the country, from February through November, including a first-ever appearance at EAA AirVenture.

"We're glad to be back," said Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, Thunderbirds commander and lead pilot. "But right now, we're focused on training. While we're excited to know we'll be able to tell the Air Force story on the road, we're completely focused on ensuring we have a safe show season." The Blue Angels had released a 2014 schedule in October, but last week they updated it, and added the 2015 schedule (PDF).