Wings Over Homestead Open House and Air Show
November 5-6, 2016 – 8am-5pm (performances start at 10am) No entry after 3pm!
The Thunderbirds are back!
After a four year absence, the thunderous roar of the United States Air Force Thunderbird’s F-16 demonstration team will be tearing through the skies over Homestead Air Reserve Base during the 2016 Wings Over Homestead Air Show, Nov 5 – 6.
This year’s event theme is: “Spirit of Flight, Celebrating Superior Air Power”.
Wings Over Homestead organizers are really excited to have the T-birds and Golden Knights back in Homestead. In 2012, the air show was attended by almost 300,000 people making it one of the largest shows attended in the country.
The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted personnel performing in almost 30 job specialties.
Flying the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, more than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 foreign countries have seen the red, white, and blue jets in more than 3,500 aerial demonstrations.
Also announced for the 2016 show is the U.S. Army parachute team, The Golden Knights. The “Knights” have performed more than 16,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries, reaching more than 20,000 people per show with their spectacular live parachutes demonstrations. Homestead ARB is the winter home to The Golden Knights.
Also joining the Thunderbirds will be a host of other aircraft, including everything from biplanes to supersonic jets to rocket cars.
Besides the performing aircraft, many other warbirds, classic and vintage aircraft, along with military vehicles and aviation-related items will be on static display for up-close viewing by the public.
Numerous food, beverage and memorabilia vendors will also be on hand to make the experience even more enjoyable for the public.
Hosting the airshow is the 482nd Fighter Wing, which maintains and operates Homestead ARB. Located near the southern end of the Florida peninsula, about 25 miles south of Miami, the base consists of approximately 3,000 military and civilian members who reside here in South Florida. A fully combat-ready unit capable of providing F-16C multi-purpose fighter aircraft, the 482nd FW provides mission ready pilots and support personnel, for short-notice worldwide deployment.