Thunderbirds Austin-area flyover postponed to May 13 due to weather

The Thunderbirds perform at the Legends In Flight air show at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, May 10, 2019. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force)
The Thunderbirds perform at the Legends In Flight air show at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, May 10, 2019. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

The Thunderbirds perform at the Legends In Flight air show at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, May 10, 2019. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

Note: This story has been updated to reflect the later start time due to weather.

The date for the Thunderbirds' flyover of Austin-area hospitals has been postponed one day t0 May 13, according to a May 8 announcement.

The change was made due to a forecast for rain on the original date, according to the announcement.

According to a U.S. Air Force news release, a formation of six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons will conduct a flyover to salute health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels are participating in Operation America Strong by conducting flyovers at major U.S. cities.

The flyover will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. and last approximately 35 minutes, according to the release. The Austin flyover will be preceded by a San Antonio flyover at 2:30 p.m.


"Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event," the news release said. "They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover."

A detailed map showing the flyover route will be released May 9, according to the release.

The Thunderbirds team—also called the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron—was formed in 1953 to “recruit, retain and inspire past, present and future Airmen,” according to the U.S. Air Force.