The United States Air Force Thunderbirds have arrived at Patrick Space Force Base Florida for this weekends Air Show at Cocoa Beach.

The Thunderbirds perform for people all around the world to display the pride, precision and professionalism the U.S. Air Force represents. Through air shows and flyovers, they aim to excite and inspire. In addition to showcasing the elite skills all pilots must possess.

The Thunderbirds demonstrate the incredible capabilities of the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet, the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The demonstration team is a mix of six aircraft performing formation flying and solo routines. The entire team is comprised of eight officers and over 120 enlisted members representing nearly 30 different careers in the Air Force. They train and perform fifty weeks every year and home base is Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas Nevada

Always inspiring to see this team up close as they arrive and park on the runway tarmac and a privilege to speak to some of the pilots.

Fly safe and have a great show.

photos by Scott Schilke for and