That morning boom you heard? Just the Thunderbirds in town for a refuel

That morning boom you heard? Just the Thunderbirds in town for a refuel

SAVOY — That thunderous noise you may have heard mid-morning Monday is nothing to be alarmed about.

Just the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds passing through town.

Flying in their traditional tight formation, the Thunderbirds touched down a little after 10 a.m. at Willard Airport in Savoy, where they refueled.

Before landing, "they gave the area a little bit of a show with a formation flyover," Willard Executive Director Gene Cossey said. "That's what they do."

Cossey said he got word about an hour-and-a-half before they landed here that a Willard stop was a possibility. The Thunderbirds were 15 minutes out when that was confirmed.

They were on their way back to their home — Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base — from a weekend air show in Westfield, Mass.

Officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds remain a popular attraction at air shows and other summertime events.

They kicked off their 2017 season with a flyover at the Super Bowl in Houston. Their lone public appearance in Illinois this year happened in June, when they were the star attraction at Scott Air Force Base's annual show.

"I love these guys," Cossey said. "I've been paying attention since I was old enough to know what planes are."

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whatithink wrote on August 14, 2017 at 11:08 am

Well, your reporting once again is awful.  This is hardly "breaking news", as it has been all over social media for the past hour.  There was also 6 in the formation, not 4!  There are pictures all over social media this morning, and you use one from 2011?