Thunderbirds in town for 'Warriors Over the Wasatch' at Hill Air Force Base
(KUTV) — The U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds are in town for the “Warriors Over the Wasatch” air show this weekend, and they have something new planned for this year's event.
“I’ll go over the crowd about .94 Mach and sneak past a couple times so that engine produces enough thrust to get real fast, real low very quickly as well,” said Major Matt Kimmel is a Thunderbird Pilot.
Kimmell has served with the United States Air Force for 10 years.
“There will be a couple times, maybe even three times we will sneak by the crowd when they are not looking, it usually it gets some good reactions and jumps," he said.
Kimmel said most of the time, the move is a crowd-pleaser, but not always.
“Some people are typically mad at me in the autograph line when that happens," he said.
This year, you’ll see another jet in the sky familiar to Hill Air Force Base.
“We repair five different types of aircraft here, but we also have an operational fighter wing, the F-35, and they fly here everyday, so they are actually going to be in the air show,” said Micah Garbarino, who works with Hill Air Force Base.
It's his first time in Utah flying a Thunderbird show, and Kimmel said he can’t wait for this weekend.
“The mountains here behind me have a little bit of challenges for us, we're excited to try it out," he said.
The show is free to the public. If you are planning on coming, remember the sunscreen, water and ear protection. You will also have to go through security similar to airport security. Also, plan for traffic.
For more information on the show, click here.