The Thunderbirds are coming to New Hampshire in September, when Pease Air National Guard Base hosts its first air show in more than a decade.
Landing the U.S. Air Force’s elite jet demonstration team means submitting a request two years in advance, accepting whatever date the Thunderbirds offer, and building an air show around them, explained Major Shannon Van Splunder, the air show director.
“Not everyone who puts in gets them,” she said. “It’s a competition. You have to write up a justification; you’ve got to show you’re really serious about putting on an air show.”
In December 2019, the word came: The Thunderbirds could be in New Hampshire on the weekend of Sept. 11-12, 2021.
So, on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York…