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US Air Force Thunderbirds Prepare for All-Star Game Flyover

Updated: 07/14/2014 10:44 AM
Created: 07/13/2014 6:25 PM KSTP.com

This week you might catch a glimpse of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16s as they fly over the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Right now, the Thunderbird F-16s are shining in red, white and blue in Duluth.

Captain Lucas Buckley has traveled the country with the Air Force, he's from Rosemount and said it's great to stop back home in Minnesota. “It's been an honor to serve in the Air Force for 10 years, and to come back and touch base with the local community here I couldn't be more proud,” Buckley tells KSTP sister station WDIO.

He is in charge of maintenance for the 11 jets and said the Air Force has more career options than just being a pilot. “If you're looking to go to college and get some education and really get some life experience, I think the Air Force is a really great choice,” Buckley said.

He said seeing the Thunderbirds' aerial maneuvers are a big draw, and as the maintenance officer he gets a front row seat.

“It never gets old for me to see a 10-year-old-kid just stare up at the sky and watch the airplanes. And the big smile on their face and they come up to you afterward and say, 'That was really neat. How can I do that someday?'” Buckley said.

The Thunderbirds will spend a few days in Duluth before they show off at the All-Star Game at Target Field.

“You'll see us come over about 500 feet at about 350 knots in a delta six-ship wedge formation,” Buckley said.

Baseball fans will get a taste of what the Air Force can do, and some might just want to live at Mach speed.

Buckley said the Thunderbirds are stationed in Duluth, as they have all the tools they need to maintain the Thunderbirds. He said it's only a 20 minute flight to Minneapolis.


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