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ARCTIC THUNDER 2010 DATES ANNOUNCED

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Elmendorf Air Force Base's air show and open house - Arctic Thunder - returns to the skies over Anchorage July 31-Aug. 1, 2010, featuring performances by the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team.

A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. It includes the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-plane Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two Solo Pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation.

The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.

Other acts are still being confirmed for the show next summer, but people can expect to see demonstrations from aircraft based here such as a C-17 demonstration, an F-22 demonstration, and the hugely-popular Alaskan Joint Forces demonstration.

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