FAA Restricts Jets at Thunder Over Louisville Air Show

  • Apr 7, 2015 1:51pm GMT

Kentucky Derby officials announced Tuesday the USAF Thunderbirds and other civilian jets will be limited to flybys rather than performing full shows at Thunder Over Louisville April 18 due to "obstructions" in the aerobatic box.

According to WDRB-TV, the FAA has declined to approve the full Thunderbird demonstration but instead will allow two Thunderbird jets to fly show passes for the crowd.

This restriction also reportedly affects the scheduled USN F/A-18 demonstration.

Unconfirmed reports say the T-33, Ace Maker Air Shows, and an F-86 will be held to the same restrictions.

Show organizers say the Thunderbirds and all the pilots will be on the riverfront grounds to sign autographs and meet the public. See the release below.

Scheduled for the Air Show

April 7, 2015 Louisville, KY. The Kentucky Derby Festival has released the line-up for this year’s Thunder Over Louisville Air Show. The 2015 show, set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18th, will be non-stop with both military and civilian air acts. A full list in alphabetical order is below.

The show includes an appearance by the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds. The Air Force Team will send 2 jets for this year’s show. Although the jets will not be able to perform the aerobatics of the Thunderbirds demonstration due to changes with the air box, they will still be a featured air craft in the air show. While in town, the Thunderbirds will also participate in a Civil Air Patrol class, visit local schools and make an appearance at the Air Force recruitment booth on the South Great Lawn at Thunder.

“We’re thrilled to have the Thunderbirds return after nearly 20 years,” said Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry. “We have always appreciated the support our show receives from all branches of the military. And this year is no different.”

Also on tap for this year’s show are the U.S. Army Golden Knights, performing two parachute demonstrations; the Kentucky Air National Guard returns with their C-130; as well as the U.S. Marines Harrier demonstration.

Other acts in this year’s line-up include Team AeroDynamix – the world’s largest air show team with 11 aircraft, as well as Trojan Horseman, Bill Leff Nightshow, among others. A complete list of this year’s air show performers is below:

  • Acemaker, T-33
  • Bill Leff
  • Billy Werth
  • Canadian Harvards
  • Cliff Robinson
  • F-86 Sabre
  • Flash Gordon
  • Harrier Demo
  • Kate Kyer
  • Kentucky Air National Guard C-130
  • Lee Leet’s Super Tucano
  • Nick Coleman T-Craft
  • P-51 Demo
  • Team AeroDynamix
  • U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds
  • U.S. Army Golden Knights
  • Trojan Horsemen T-28
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