Thunderbirds fly over Magic Kingdom

Air Force Thunderbirds Flyover Magic Kingdom and EPCOT

Air Force Thunderbirds Dazzle at Disney

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds captivated crowds during their recent flyover at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks in Florida.

History of the Thunderbirds

  • Formed in 1953 at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona
  • Officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron
  • Fly F-16 Fighting Falcon jets painted in signature red, white and blue colors
  • Have performed over 4,000 aerial demonstrations worldwide

Thunderbirds fly over Magic Kingdom

Thunderbirds Flyover Details

The Thunderbirds performed two flyovers:

  • First over Magic Kingdom, thrilling crowds packed along Main Street USA
  • Second pass went over Epcot’s iconic Spaceship Earth geosphere

On their return to Magic Kingdom, the Thunderbirds:

  • Executed their famous delta maneuver as they rapidly accelerated over Cinderella Castle
  • Gave the appearance of a dazzling fireworks display with their tight formations

Significance of the Flyover

  • Coincided with the arrival of National Veterans and Military Families Month
  • Part of Disney’s longstanding tradition of honoring the U.S. military
  • Timed with Disney’s 100th anniversary and the Thunderbirds’ 70th anniversary

The exhilarating flyovers exemplified the skill, precision and professionalism of the U.S. Air Force. Guests of all ages were filled with patriotic pride as they witnessed the aerial showcase.