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Thunderbirds celebrated homecoming with Las Vegas flyover

Thunderbirds fly over Las Vegas
Posted at 7:38 AM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-09 21:40:00-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Thunderbirds flew home to Nellis Air Force Base on Monday and celebrated with a flyover of Las Vegas.

The formation flyover happened around 12:30 p.m.

"Las Vegas is our home," said Lt. Col. Justin Elliott, who leads Thunderbird 1. "This team spends a lot of time deployed around the country, so this is just one small way for us to thank the Las Vegas community, our host, for their unyielding support of the Thunderbirds and the United States Air Force."

The U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron returned from a deployment to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Updates on the squadron will be posted on the Thunderbirds' Twitter account, officials said.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this report stated that the flyover would happen on Monday, May 2. A U.S. Air Force public information officer originally provided that date, but the agency later issued a correction and said the flyover will happen on May 9.