training trip brings Thunderbirds to New Mexico, Arizona | California News

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM (AP) — The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force’s air demonstration squadron, have begun a month-long training trip to New Mexico and Arizona in preparation for their show season 2022.

The unit based at Nellis Air Force Base in metro Las Vegas arrived last week at the New Mexico spaceport near Truth or Consequences for two weeks of training and will then move to Fort Huachuca, a military base in Sierra Vista, Arizona, for the second of the trip. workout leg.

The training is not open to the public, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

“Both of these sites are excellent training environments, each serving different purposes,” said Lt. Col. Justin Elliott, Thunderbirds commander and chief. “The show season subjects the team to challenging and ever-changing environments, both in the air and on the ground. Training in new and different environments will allow the team to flex the necessary muscles to ensure our demonstration is accurate despite changing conditions.

After training in Mexico and Arizona, the team will continue training with the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, at Naval Air Facility El Centro in California.

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The Thunderbirds show schedule begins March 19 at Luke Air Force Base in metro Phoenix and ends at Nellis on November 5-6.

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