Fort Lauderdale Air Show returns, headlined by US Air Force Thunderbirds

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – There are going to be some very cool sights in the air above Fort Lauderdale Beach this weekend.

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show is back, and its being headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

The high-flying group of amazing pilots is led by Lieutenant Colonel Justin Elliott, who goes by the callsign Astro.

“You’re going to see us flying about 18 inches away from each other at about 600 mph and we’re going to be doing that in highly dynamic maneuvers like loops and clover loops and barrel roles over the top,” said Elliott.

They will have six F-16 flying in formation, only 18 inches apart at their closest point.

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show is headlined this year by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. (WPLG)

The air show starts up on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale.

The Thunderbirds of course would be considered by most people to be the main attraction, but they are far from the only military aircraft that are going to be flying around Fort Lauderdale Beach this weekend.

They’ll be joined by teams from the Navy, the Marines, the Florida Air National Guard, Coast Guard and more.

“You can spend the day, enjoy the ocean, enjoy the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale and see a great air show,” said Chris Dirato with the Fort Lauderdale Air Show.

As long as the weather holds out, it should be a great show.

“I’ll tell you this is the most difficult job I’ve had, but it’s also by far the most intrinsically rewarding job I’ve had because it takes so much to get this demonstration put together with the squadron and to be able to show it to people once it’s complete is really magical for us,” said Elliott.

For ticket and parking information, you can go on the airshow website, which can be found by clicking here.

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Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.