The Air Force's Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team will be the featured performers at a Saturday air show and open house at Hill Air Force Base.
Also featured during the show are the Army's Golden Knights parachute team and the Halcones aerial demonstration team from the Chilean Air Force.The theme for this year's show is "A Salute to Veterans," especially recognizing World War II veterans. Veterans of all ages are invited to participate in a 10 a.m. opening ceremony.
Hill's air show and open house were originally planned for June but were rescheduled around the Thunderbirds' schedule. The Thunderbirds' last Utah air show, in 1992, attracted a crowd of about 300,000. This year is expected to draw a similar crowd, said base spokesman Len Barry.
"We look at this event as an opportunity to thank our friends and neighbors for their support and to give them the opportunity to see their Air Force in action," said Maj. Gen. Pat Condon, commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center. The show is also a major recruiting tool.
Admission, parking and programs are free, with base gates opening at 8 a.m. Food concessions will be available. Drinking water will also be available, but base sponsors suggest that visitors bring water and otherwise prepare for hot, sunny weather.
The Thunderbirds have several Utah ties - the team's F-16s donned their show-off red, white and blue paint jobs at Hill, and pilot Capt. Russell J. Quinn is from Salt Lake City.
One of the Golden Knights members is also a Utahn - Staff Sgt. Billy Van Soelen, a Helper native who graduated from Granger High School in 1979.
A number of military aircraft will be on display with others, like a B1-B bomber, scheduled to make demonstration passes over the base during the show.
Air events scheduled for the day are as follows:
- 8 a.m. - Base gates open
- 9 a.m. - Radio-controlled aircraft demonstration
- 9:30 a.m. - Banner tow demonstration
- 10 a.m. - Opening ceremony, featuring the Army's Golden Knights parachute team and "Salute to Veterans" vintage aircraft flyby
- 10:30 a.m. - P-51 Mustang aerobatic demonstration
- 10:40 a.m. - YAK aerobatic demonstration
- 10:50 a.m. - Pitts aerobatic demonstration
- 11 a.m. - T-34 and T-28 demonstration and B-1B flyby
- 11:15 a.m. - Halcones Chilean Air Force team demonstration
- Noon - F-86 demonstration
- 12:15 p.m. - AT-6 and Birddog demonstration
- 1 p.m. - Draken Jet aerobatic demonstration
- 1:15 p.m. - Vampire Jet aerobatic demonstration
- 1:30 p.m. - KC-135 aerial refueling tanker flyby
- 1:45 p.m. - Chipmunk aerobatic demonstration
- 2 p.m. - SX-300 aerobatic demonstration
- 2:15 p.m. - KC-130/F-18 aerial refueling flyby
- 2:30 p.m. - AT-6 aerobatic demonstration
- 2:45 p.m. - Pitts aerobatic demonstration
- 3 p.m. - T-33 aerobatic demonstration
- 3:15 p.m. - American warbird flyby: B-17, DC-3, P-51, TBM Avenger, T-34, T-38, AT-6, F-86, T-33
- 3:30 p.m. - Thunderbirds
- 5 p.m. - Air show closes.