Thunder Over Dover Air Show features Thunderbirds and Blue Angels

The air show and open day at Dover Air Force Base on May 21 and 22 will feature a first: thunder and angels.

The US Navy Flying Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will join the US Air Force Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, as co-headliners of the 2022 Thunder Over Dover Air Show and of the open day.

“Showcasing both demonstration squadrons at one event has never happened at Dover and perfectly captures the theme of this event, ‘Bringing Together’,” said Lt. Col. David Caswell, Director of the Thunder Over Dover Air Show. and open day.

Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed in front of nearly 500 million fans. The elite group showcases teamwork and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

The Thunderbirds were formed in 1953, just six years after the Air Force became its own service branch. The band performs around the world to showcase the precision and professionalism of the US Air Force, showcasing their elite skills and demonstrating the capabilities of the Air Force’s premier fighter aircraft, the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, performs at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., Feb. 25, 2022.

The show and open house are part of the Air Force Base’s celebration of Armed Forces Day.

“We are finalizing our entire lineup of world-class performers and floor exhibits that will be unmatched by any other such event in the region,” Caswell said.

He encourages visitors to see “the greatest display of air power our military has to offer.”

Kent County Tourism Corporation President Pete Bradley expects the air show to draw visitors from across the state and region.

“It’s very rare to have the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels at the same event,” Bradley said. “We’re really excited about it.”

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What you need to know before you go

Other artists/events

Aircraft performances include C-5M Super Galaxy, C-17 Demonstration Team, USMC Harrier, Black Daggers Parachute Team, B-25 Panchito, Extreme Flight, Rob Holland Airshows, P-51 Mustang, C-47 Skytrain, TBM-3E Avenger, C-123 Thunderpig, and Saturday only, the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.

Aircraft will be on display including the C-5M Super Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III, B-25 Mitchell “Miss Hap”, KC-46 Pegasus, T-6A Texan II, T-1 Jayhawk, C-123 Thunderpig, AV-8B Harrier, KC-10 Extender, KC-135 Statotanker, A-10 Warthog, F/A-18 Hornet, F-15E Strike Eagle and Dover AFB Aero Club, as well as helicopters including the CH-53 Sea Stallion and UH -1 Hue.

A car show will be presented by Precision Exotics.


Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, doors open at 9 a.m. As of May 2, the schedule has not been finalized, but updates will be posted on and on the air base website


Free to attend – free admission and free parking, but “premium” paid seats are available from $45, with an “adults only” beer garden section. For more information see

Where to park

Use Dover Air Force Base Main Gate, 331 Main Gate Way, Dover, DE, 19902. From the North or South on Route 1, take Exit 93 for Dover AFB Main Gate.

What can you bring, what is prohibited?

Items allowed and/or encouraged include lawn chairs, hearing protection, sunscreen, camera, camera bag, strollers, binoculars and comfortable shoes.

Prohibited: glass containers, pets, coolers, larger bags such as suitcases, umbrellas, tents, drones, bicycles, alcohol and illegal drugs.

What if the weather is bad?

For possible postponements or cancellations, check the airbase’s Facebook page,

Contact reporter Ben Mace at [email protected]

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