Thunderbirds touch down along the Mississippi Coast

At least 100,000 people are expected to be around the City of Biloxi looking into the sky to watch the Thunder over the Sound Air and Space Show.

Today, the Thunderbirds made their way to the Coast in preparation for the weekend’s event.

Today, the Thunderbirds soared their way to the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport to get ready for the Thunder over the Sound Air and Space Show.

Seven pilots landed each of their jets in spectacular fashion as their crew waited for them on the base to care for both the pilots and the Jets after their long journey across the country.

Each member of the Thunderbirds, both pilots and crew members, have gone through years of service before joining the team each with their own unique story.

One crew member, Tech Sgt. Kayla Stennis, was a resident of Moss Point before joining the Air Force and then ultimately ending up with the Thunderbirds. Pilot Eric ‘Miami’ Tise is in his first year with the Thunderbirds with this show being his fifth ever with the team.

Stennis said, “Just logistically, it’s been kind of crazy, so I think the Blue Angels have been here since we’ve been here, but it’s good to be back and then have family like right down the street pretty much so they can come out and see the show.”

Tisa said, “It’s an honor to be out here and it is the most difficult flying I’ve ever done so I’ve been in combat – I have 500 combat hours – so it’s challenging for sure but it’s the most fun flying.”

Once again, the free-to-attend flight shows will be held this weekend, April 29th and 30th. You can find the schedules for both days here.

Viewer Carlos Hurtado sent in a photo of the Thunderbirds practicing over the Coast earlier today. If any other views take pictures of the jets this weekend, you’re encouraged to send them in!

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