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A Thunderbird F-16 Will Fly Over Fort Lauderdale Beach To Survey The Area Ahead Of Air Show

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show might still be months away, but locals and visitors can expect to catch a peek of a Thunderbird F-16 flying over the beach Thursday, Feb. 11. 

All they have to do is look up around 3:30 p.m. 

Major Scott Petz, the advance pilot and narrator for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, will fly over Fort Lauderdale Beach to survey the area ahead of the squadron’s performance at the Air Show, scheduled for May 7 and May 8. He’s expected to be over the beach between 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. 

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In December, Air Show organizers announced that the Thunderbirds would be one of three headliners at the highly anticipated return of the beachfront event this spring. The Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and the Breitling Jet Team from Dijon, France, will be joining them.

The show will be the first time in about 10 years that North American spectators will be able to see jet teams from the U.S., Canada and Europe perform together. 

Petz, also known as Thunderbird #8, narrates the shows for the squadron and works to ensure that everything is in place ahead of the team’s arrival at show sites. He completed three tours in Iraq before applying to the Thunderbirds.

A father of two himself, Petz said one of the best parts of doing the shows is connecting with the children who come to watch the stunts. 

“There’s young kids waiting to talk to you, and you can just see their eyes light up,” he explains in a video. “Being able to be that face of the airman every single week as we go show site to show site and representing in a positive manner, it’s uniquely gratifying and something that was unexpected when I first joined the team.”

For more information and updates about the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, visit fortlauderdaleairshow.com.

Learn more about Major Scott Petz in the video, below: