AFA graduation: 'Zooming to meet our thunder'



If you hear a rumble from the skies Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, you'll know about 1,000 young people are about to get their lieutenant bars.

Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun.
  • Off we go into the wild blue yonder ...

The Thunderbirds will be warming up next week in preparation for their signature moment when the Air Force Academy's cadets' hats go into the air, marking their survival of four years of sheer torture and entry into the officer ranks of the Air Force.

Specifically, the pilots will practice fly-overs at the stadium at 8 a.m. Monday. From 2 to 3 p.m., they'll practice their aerial performance over the academy. If Monday's weather doesn't permit these practices, they'll move them to Tuesday.

Wednesday, graduation day, is showtime, with the aerial maneuvers beginning at 12:55 p.m.

The academy advises that for public safety certain roads will be closed around Falcon Stadium during the practices and the performance. These closures are mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the performance area is free of all personnel.

The academy also says the public is reminded not to stop along Interstate 25 to watch the performances. The public may view the performances from open areas on the Air Force Academy by presenting a valid driver's license to enter the base.

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