Thunderbirds May Perform At AirVenture
For decades, AirVenture Oshkosh officials have said that airspace considerations have prevented the appearance of military jet teams at the annual show but something has apparently changed. EAA says the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will "potentially" make their debut at the 2014 edition of AirVenture and EAA says the team is planning to do its full show. "We are excited about being part of the Thunderbirds' initial 2014 air show schedule, as they return to flight status in the coming year with a potential appearance at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration in Oshkosh," said Jim DiMatteo, EAA's vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. There is some equivocation in EAA's announcement, however, and it doesn't seem like the appearance is locked down quite but EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski told AVweb they're working on it. "That is part of the operational requirements that we can start working on. Just because we haven't been to do it before doesn't mean we can't look at it in a different way now. That is what the discussions between EAA and USAF have included -- ways to get it done." he said in an email to AVweb late Thursday.
EAA says the precise nature of the appearance is still under consideration but if the issues can be resolved the team will appear on the final weekend of the show, Aug. 2 and Aug. 3. It's not clear when the final decision will be made on the appearance.