This year’s Kansas City Air Show had a special draw: both the US Navy Blue Angels and the US Air Force Thunderbirds. It’s rare for both precision flying teams to be at the same event. But July 3-4 found them both bringing the “sound of freedom.” And a special treat awaited attendees: their performance was the debut of the “Super Delta formation” with six F-16 Fighting Falcons and six F-18 Super Hornets.
— McKenzie Nelson (@McKenzieMNelson) July 1, 2021
NEW: The USAF #Thunderbirds will join the @USNavy #BlueAngels this weekend during the #KansasCity #AirShow.— Charles A Atkeison (@Military_Flight) June 29, 2021
The two squadrons are expected to publicly debut their new Super Delta formation of six F-16 Fighting Falcons & six F/A-18 Super Hornets.
[Image: SSgt A. Sarver] #aviation pic.twitter.com/VLRYfLjuhO
Double bucket list items… US Navy Blue Angels *and* USAF Thunderbirds in the same show. Very rare! KC Air Show! pic.twitter.com/yI5G8Y1ujD— Michael Amlung (he/him) (@MAmlung) July 3, 2021
What a weekend Kansas City!— Thunderbirds (@AFThunderbirds) July 4, 2021
Thank you to all the fans for coming out to the @KCAirShow and letting us put on an amazing show and a special thanks to the @BlueAngels for letting us share the stage!
Happy Independence Day! 💥 pic.twitter.com/OhwSKB8BVD
The Kansas City Air Show was cancelled last year due to Covid. The event was held at New Century Air Center in KC. This year was the first time the two teams flew in the same air show to ‘dazzle’ the crowd. And that they did with their “Super Delta formation.” Due to a change in schedule, the Thunderbirds were able to join the Blue Angels.
Also at this year’s show the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team and the U.S. Marines AV-8B Harrier IIs were scheduled. The US Navy’s parachute team “Leap Frogs” was also there, and brought the US flag during the National Anthem. (KansasCity.com)
For two short days, approximately 40,000 Kansas City residents and guests got to experience “the sound of freedom” in an air show extravaganza that even included a local air club flying in formation called KC Flight .(They make their own planes).
Featured photo: Screenshot via Twitter
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