Wings Over Columbus 2018 will take place on 21 and 22 April 2018 at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.
A lot! Over 26 million people attend 400+ air shows every year. During the past decade, air shows have drawn nearly twice the attendance figures of NFL football games.
Admission for the general public is FREE! Additional options for reserved seating or special promotion packages may be available at a later time; check back again soon for more options!
Right now, we know the USAF Thunderbirds are coming! We’re talking and looking into other aerial performers every day. Other military demonstration teams (to include the Royal Canadian Air Force Snow Birds) don’t release their schedules until December…we have requests in for all of them!! When we know, we’ll make sure you know! If you have anyone or anything you would like to see, let us know on Facebook (our link is on the homepage).
The mission of the Thunderbirds is to support U.S. Air Force recruiting and retention programs, reinforce public confidence in the U.S. Air Force, and demonstrate to the public the professional competence of Air Force professionals. The Thunderbirds also represent the United States and its armed forces to foreign nations and project international goodwill.
All Thunderbirds are representative of the excellence and professionalism found throughout the Air Force. Thunderbirds consider themselves lucky to represent the best - those serving around the world.
The Thunderbirds fly the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.
Members of the Thunderbirds are volunteers drawn Air Force-wide from their respective career fields. There are 12 officers; eight pilots -- six who fly the demonstrations and four support officers. More than 120 enlisted people are on the support team. They come together, combining their experience and skills to form a self-sufficient flying organization capable of planning, accomplishing and supporting the Thunderbird mission.
Current Department of Defense policy is to maximize use of military aviation demonstration teams for recruiting and to demonstrate U.S. military aviation abilities to the public. This is best accomplished by having the Air Force and Navy flight demonstration teams perform separately in as many locations as possible throughout the year. However, the Thunderbirds do perform at air shows with the U.S. Army parachute demonstration team, the Golden Knights, as do the Blue Angels.