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Mankato Hosting Minnesota Air Spectacular

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Mankato is excited to host the world-famous United States Air Force THUNDERBIRDS on June 27 and 28. The THUNDERBIRDS thrilling performance at the Minnesota Air Spectacular will be their only Minnesota appearance in 2015.

The Thunderbirds of the United States Air Force will be the featured act at the Minnesota Air Spectacular 2015 on June 27 and 28 at the Mankato Regional Airport. This will be the Thunderbirds only performance in Minnesota in 2015.

The Air Force Thunderbird legend was born in 1953, just six years after the creation of the U.S. Air Force, when the Air Force's official air demonstrations team designated the 3600th air demonstration unit.

Team Oracle: In airshow flying, Sean is one of the world's premier performers in terms of entertainment value, piloting skill and most importantly, professionalism. He has been flying airshows world-wide since the mid-70's and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, Sean has flown more than 1000 performances at more than 425 airshows, in front of more than 80 million fans. In the upcoming season alone, Tucker and Team Oracle will entertain nearly 10 million fans at 15 shows throughout North America. The level of professionalism and excitement in Sean's airshow displays is no coincidence. He practices his airshow routine three times every day. Sean has devoted his entire adult life to exploring the art of aerobatic flight and after over 10,000 life-time practices, his passion continues to grow. He is more inspired by the magic and discipline of flight every single year and he continues to improve his skills as an aviator. Sean's airplane, the Oracle Challenger bi-plane, has also continued to improve each year. Sean started with a factory built Pitts Special 30 years ago and modified it each year. After reaching the limits of the Pitts, Tucker's team designed a one of a kind airplane that could do anything that Sean asked of it. This resulted in the most high-performance aerobatic aircraft in the world, the Challenger II biplane.

The United States Army Parachute Team, nicknamed "The Golden Knights," is the U.S. Army's official aerial demonstration team. The Team travels around the United States, performing parachute demonstrations at air shows, major league football and baseball games, and special events, connecting the Army with the American people.

Over the past 50 years, the Team has grown to more than 90 people, including jumpers, pilots, administrators, parachute technicians, and media relations and supply specialists. The demonstration teams perform more than 100 demonstrations a year with the help of the Team's four dedicated aircraft. The Tandem section takes Soldiers and VIPs on tandem skydives, and the Competition section continues to win at several national and international competitions per year.

The Team represents the finest of Soldiers and personifies the Army Values, showing the world the professionalism, precision, and discipline of today's modern Army.

The Minnesota Air Spectacular is being held at the Mankato Regional Airport located just north of Mankato. Parking is free.

Tickets to the Minnesota Air Spectacular featuring the USAF Thunderbirds will be available at the Verizon Wireless Center Ticket Office in Mankato and at all TICKETMASTER locations. To charge by phone, call 800-745-3000, or order online at ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available on the day of the show at the Mankato Regional Airport.

--KEYC NEWS 12