Air Force Week Kicks Off at the Magic Kingdom

26 Oct

 

The Thunderbirds flying over Main Street USA

 

This week is Air Force week, and to kick off the celebration The Thunderbirds flew over the Magic Kingdom as the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” Parade rolled right down the middle of Main Street USA. It was the culminating point of months of collaboration between the US Air Force, Thunderbird, and Disney teams.

I would be lying to you if I told you that I still didn’t have goosebumps from being able to see this in person!!!

After the parade, we were escorted to the Rose Garden where we *gasp* were able to speak with Thunderbird officers and pilots as well as representatives from the Air Force.

They all spoke about how flying over the Magic Kingdom was truly a dream come true, and was definitely a highlight of their career.

Colonel Rosen and Chief Sargent Major Hall also hope that Air Force week lets people know how much they appreciate all of the support that they are shown and encourage children to consider a career in the Air Force.

Although for me the highlight was speaking with Derek Routt, a Thunderbird Pilot. He was super intense and passionate about wanting kids to take away the “pure joy” that it is to fly and for their parents to enjoy and foster that emotion in their children. He also wants kids to “dream big and hope to be a part of it all, because anything is possible if you work hard”.

The Thunderbirds will be headlining the Cocoa Beach Air Show this weekend as part of Air Force Week. For more information, you can visit http://www.cocoabeachairshow.com.

And for more information on Air Force week, you can visit http://newpreview.afnews.af.mil/afweek/

I can tell you that this is definitely something that I will remember for the rest of my life!

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2 Responses to “Air Force Week Kicks Off at the Magic Kingdom”

  1. Dana (aka DragynAlly) October 26, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    That sounds too cool. And the pic is amazing. I wonder how much work went in to coordinating that.

    • shelleycaran October 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

      I can only imagine the months of planning it took!!! It was absolutely amazing!!!

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