The Thunderbirds are coming to the coast

BILOXI (WLOX) - Keesler Air Force Base will welcome the Thunderbirds to south Mississippi next spring. The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team will headline Keesler's first open house since 2004. The open house will take place April 4th & 5th. In addition to the T-Birds, you'll be able to see the Army's Golden Knight's parachute team, Hurricane Hunters and a World War Two eara B-25 bomber and other vintage aircraft.  You can read below the press release that was issued today by Keesler Air Force Base officials.


KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Mark your calendars for April 4-5, 2009!   Keesler air Force Base has set the date for the base's first open house since 2004 with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team headlining the show entitled, 'Thunder on the Bay.'

"We are extremely proud that the Thunderbirds have selected Keesler Air Force Base as part of their 2009 performance schedule," said Col. Christopher Valle, 81st Training Wing vice commander.

"Your Air Force has invested significantly in rebuilding Keesler AFB after Hurricane Katrina, and we are honored to invite you, our community partners and neighbors, to join us to see firsthand that Keesler is indeed back."

In conjunction with the Thunderbirds, Keesler open house committee members have been working diligently to complete a well-rounded show, lining up a variety of aircraft demonstration teams and static displays.  Some of the demonstrations planned include a performance by the U.S. Army's Parachute Team, The Golden Knights; a flight and static display by a WC-130J Hurricane Hunter, and a World War II-era B-25 Mitchell Bomber, plus various vintage aircraft that have been a part of the 81st Wing lineage.

"Aside from highlighting our Air Force demonstration team, we will spotlight Keesler's mission of providing technical training to our next generation maintainers and leaders - our Airmen and students of our sister services."

The open house committee continues to work, inviting additional aircraft as demonstration teams and static displays.  Once a complete list of open house participants is secured, it will be released.

"Keesler is bigger and better than ever, not just with our new buildings, but also our renewed spirit and enthusiasm," added Colonel Valle.