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JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson's air show and open house - Arctic Thunder - returns to the skies over Anchorage July 31-Aug. 1.

The event will feature performances by the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, as well as other military and civilian aerial displays.

The Blue Angels' mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps. A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators.

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.

Military flight demonstrations will include the AV-8B Harrier, F-22 Raptor, C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and the hugely-popular Alaskan Joint Forces Demo which will be supported by the pyrotechnic talents of the Tora, Tora, Tora, bomb squad.  In addition to these demos, the 101st Airborne "Screamin' Eagles" and the U.S. Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue parachute teams will amaze show goers. 

Also gracing the skies will be an exciting collection of civilian performers to include Team Rocket, John Melby Air Shows, Gary Ward Air Shows, Dan Buchanan, Third Strike Wing Walkers, and Anchorage local Marcus Paine in his Super Decathlon.

Arctic Thunder is free and open to the public.  The gates open at 9 a.m. and the entertainment continues until 5 p.m.  Typically, the largest two-day event in Alaska, attendance for the show is expected to exceed 170,000. 

For the most up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.elmendorf.af.mil and click on the "Arctic Thunder" logo.


Arctic Thunder: http://www.elmendorf.af.mil/library/arcticthunder.asp

Blue Angels: http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/

Snowbirds:   http://www.snowbirds.dnd.ca/v2/

Wings of Blue:  http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/pa/factsheets/wingblue.htm

101st Screamin' Eagles: http://www.campbell.army.mil/units/AAS/PDT/Pages/PDT.aspx

F-22 Demo Team: http://www.acc.af.mil/aerialevents/f22a/index.asp

John Melby Air Shows: http://jonmelby.com/

Gary Ward Air Shows: http://garywardaerobatics.com/

Third Strike Wing Walkers: http://www.thirdstrike.ca/

Dan Buchanan: http://danbuchananairshows.com/

Team Rocket: http://www.rocketaerobatics.com/

Marcus Paine (Unusual Attitudes):  http://unattitudes.com/
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