The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels will be featured at the Robins extravaganza next April 28 and 29. But the U.S. Air Force's precision aerial team, the Thunderbirds, will be relatively close by on two occasions.
The Thunderbirds schedule, announced on Friday, has the premier flying team at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., May 5 and 6 and at Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta Oct. 27 and 28.
The Thunderbirds will perform more than 60 shows during 2012 in 33 locations, including two in Canada.
The 2012 season will be the 59th year for the Air Force team, including 30 years featuring the F-16 Flying Falcon.
The Thunderbirds team includes eight pilots, four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted people in some 30 job specialties.
"We are excited about the upcoming season and representing our fellow American airmen," Lt. Col. Greg Moseley is quoted in a press release from the Thunderbirds home station at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
"We feel honored to tell the story of U.S. Air Force airmen serving on the front lines of freedom around the world," Moseley added. "We will proudly represent each airmen with the same pride, precision and professionalism in which they perform their duties each and every day."