Thunderbirds to headline Ocean City Air Show

OCEAN CITY, MD: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have confirmed they will perform at the 2018 OC Air Show, scheduled for June 16-17 over the Ocean City beach and boardwalk. 

The 11th annual event will also feature a plethora of military performers to include the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The Thunderbirds resumed their 2018 show season schedule this past weekend at Langley Air Force Base. They stood down for several weeks following the crash of Thunderbird #4 during a training flight on April 4th. The pilot, Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno, was killed.

In addition to the Thunderbirds and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the show lineup will feature a variety of military performers including the C-5M Super Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III, the United States Special Operations Command Para-Commandos Parachute Team and a search and rescue demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The OC Air Show will be one of only eight air shows in 2018 to feature a flight performance of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Also known as the Lightning II, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth fighter undergoing final development and testing by the U.S. Department of Defense. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground attack, aerial intelligence and air defense missions.

The C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III, both from the 436th Airlift Wing based at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, will each fly on one day only. The C-17 will make an appearance on June 16th and the C-5M on June 17th.

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