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Thunderbirds practice flyover ahead of USAFA class of 2020 graduation

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Thunderbirds fly near Pikes Peak; Photo: Karen Rooks

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The iconic A.F. Thunderbirds demo team conducted a practice flyover ahead of the U.S. Air Force Academy class of 2020 graduation next Saturday. You may have seen them if you were in the area Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m.

Many residents, who live close to the base, watched the practice from their home.

Daniel Bradley, a spectator, said, "To be able to come out here and watch the Thunderbirds for just a few minutes, it makes you feel like things are maybe starting to get back to normal, or at least there’s a piece of normalcy.” 

The roaring jets will be heard during the class of 2020 graduation ceremony, performing a pass during the iconic hat toss. However, the Air Force says no airshow maneuvers will take place, so don't expect a barrel roll or flip.

Due to COVID-19, the traditional graduation ceremony at the Academy has been pushed up six weeks to April 18.

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Kerjan Bianca

Kerjan is the weekend morning anchor and reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Kerjan here



  1. yes another wonderful waste of tax dollars
    when there are so many more life and death issues at hand.

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