2016 Battle Creek Field of Flight

June 29, 2016 through July 4, 2016

Schweitzer Construction has been providing solutions to the facility challenges and needs of client's throughout Southern Michigan and parts of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, and Georgia for over 50 years. We are proud to provide support to over 30 Battle Creek based non-profit organizations and the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival annually. We welcome all visitors to Battle Creek for this wonderful event and hope your stay in Battle Creek is safe and enjoyable.

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS

There is a chance of Thunder at this year's Field of Flight Airshow & Balloon Festival. The world famous US Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Squadron return to Battle Creek following a sequestration hiatus.

Thunderbirds - Photo by Ihor Balaban PhotographyCelebrating their 63rd Anniversary in 2016, the Thunderbirds will showcase the pride and precision of today’s US Air Force with over 70 performances at several different show sites. The team will proudly perform on behalf of the nearly 700,000 active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve & civilian Airmen serving at home and abroad. It’s from that diverse group of Air Force professionals that the Thunderbirds team is formed.

The Thunderbirds were first activated on May 25th, 1953 as the Air Force’s Official Air Demonstration Team. They were designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit and were stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona flying the F-84G Thunderjet. Over the years, the Thunderbirds flew famous US Air Force Aircraft that have gone down in history such as the F-84F Thunderstreak, the F-100C Super Sabre, F-105B Thunderchief, F-100D Super Sabre, F-4E Phantom II, T-38 Talon…and into the Mighty F-16 Fighting Falcon (Block 52 model) that the team flies today.

Thunderbirds Delta FormationAccording to Indian legend, the Thunderbird was a giant eagle (some envisioned a hawk) that was spoken about with great fear & respect. When it took to the skies, the earth trembled from the thunder of its wings and bolts of lightning shot from its eyes. Nothing in nature could challenge the bird of thunder, the story of the Thunderbird was repeated across generations…and today, it is now a legend.

The legend will take to the skies this summer in Battle Creek, Michigan as the thunder (known as the Sound of Freedom) and will represent not only the professionalism of the US Air Force, but the patriotism of our great nation of the United States.

The US Air Force Thunderbirds Solos in the Breathtaking Crossover BreakThe “thunder” will come from six F-16 Fighting Falcon jets painted in Red, White & Blue colors with the Thunderbird emblem on the bottom. Their show will rock the skies as the Diamond formation (Jets 1-4) perform a series of precision maneuvers, keeping their aircraft just INCHES from each other. This is in concert with the high speed & high G maneuvers performed by the Solos (Jets 5-6). This includes a series of head-on passes & solo maneuvers showcasing the tactical profile of the Block 52 Viper. In the end, all six jets team up and showcase the pinnacle of formation flying, the Delta Formation.

The Thunderbirds will be rocking the Battle Creek skies numerous times throughout the week. Don't miss their practice performance on July 1st (our gates will be open) and then their full-out demos on July 2nd, 3rd & 4th! That's FOUR times the THUNDER!

Website: http://www.afthunderbirds.com/site/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFThunderbirds

Sponsoring this event is the perfect way to get your company or business connected deeper with the community and is a great promotional opportunity for your business. You will get recognition in our event program, on our event grounds, website, Facebook and many other ways. Become part of this family event that helps present one of the Nation’s LARGEST Air Show & Balloon Festivals. Thank you to all of our Official Sponsors!

Call 269-962-0592 for information about being a Sponsor.

OFFICIAL SPONSORS

Battle Creek Enquirer Blufish Bronson Healthcare | Bronson Battle Creek Hospital Capital Catering Dan Henry Distributing Duncan Aviation Dan Henry Distributing Miller Lite Beer Kellogg's LifeCare Parker Hannifin website Post Cereals website Waste Management WIN 98.5 Your Country! Western Michigan University College of Aviation

PARTNERS

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