Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds helped kick off the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night.
The flying team, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, featured six F-16 Fighting Falcons in their signature “Delta” formation over Target Field.
The pre-game flyover was coordinated precisely as Idina Menzel sang the final notes of the National Anthem.
“The MLB All-Star Game is one of the most patriotic events in America, and we’re honored to be a part of it,” said Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, the Thunderbirds commander and lead pilot. “When we fly over that stadium, baseball fans will get a reminder of the precision and teamwork their U.S. Air Force embodies every day.”
The Thunderbirds team is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted people serving in about 30 Air Force job specialties.
The team’s next full air show performance in the Midwest will be at the “EAA Airventure” in Oshkosh, Wisconsin., Aug. 2-3.