The 2019 Dayton Air Show will highlight numerous aviation acts, including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. In this photo, Thunderbirds are performing at the Thunder & Lightning Over AZ Air Show March 23 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ. The air show in Tucson, AZ, kicks-off the 2019 season for the Thunderbirds, who will be on tour March through November. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Cory W. Bush)

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to sign autographs June 21

Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force can meet select members of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, as they sign autographs from 9 to 10 a.m. June 21. Museum doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m.

The Thunderbirds showcase the pride and precision of today’s Air Force with aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft and the high degree of skill required to operate such aircraft. Since the unit was activated in 1953 they have performed more than 3,500 aerial demonstrations for more than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 foreign countries. Additional Thunderbirds information and photographs are available at

The Thunderbirds will be among the featured performers at this year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 22-23. More information about the air show is available at (Federal endorsement is not implied.)

For those who want to take an easy route to the Air Show, RTA shuttle buses will run to and from the museum, dropping off riders at the air show main gate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22-23. Shuttles depart from both locations approximately every 10 minutes. The cost for a round trip ticket is $3, and children age 5 and younger ride free. Only cash will be accepted (an ATM is available inside the museum if needed). For more information about the RTA shuttle service, call 937-425-8300.

The Air Force Museum Foundation is currently selling discounted tickets to the air show in the Museum Store. The store is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors also can stop by the museum’s booth at the air show June 22 to learn more about the museum.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. For more information, visit

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