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The Great Tennessee Air Show, widely considered one of the premiere airshows in the country, is returning to the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport on June 5 & 6.
The featured aerial team this year for the Smyrna show is the Air Force Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds are participating in 29 airshows for the 2021 season; the Great Tennessee Air Show is the eighth show in this year’s schedule.
The six-plane squadron presents precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of the high-performance aircraft.
The Thunderbirds fly the Lockheed Martin F-16 “Fighting Falcon,” a highly maneuverable, multi-role tactical bomber and air-to-air combat aircraft. The only changes to the F-16 for its Thunderbird role are its special, red-white-and-blue paint scheme and the removal of its 20 mm cannon (a smoke-generating system replaces that).
The Thunderbird aircraft and their crews can return to combat-ready status in less than 72 hours.
Another high-performance jet aircraft presentation in the Great Tennessee Air Show features the Navy F-35C Lightning II Demonstration Team. Also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35 is the most advanced stealth fighter in the world. The “C” Model F-35 flies from Navy aircraft carriers and features a wingspan eight feet broader than the Air Force “A” Model or the Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) “B” Model used by the Marines.
The Navy F-35 team’s performance includes the simulation of a carrier landing.