Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

Our mission is to reenact the aerial demonstration of the USAF Thunderbirds, past and present. This includes adhering to the real world radio calls, maneuver parameters and procedures, professionalism, and unbelievable attention to detail, a trademark the USAF Thunderbirds have been known for throughout its history since 1953.


The Virtual Thunderbirds, founded in 2004, is the original squad to first reenact the Thunderbirds in a flight simulator while performing formation flying and precision aerobatics. We are dedicated to accurately showcase the flying skill of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Over the years we’ve acquired a wealth of knowledge about the real team and done copious amounts of research in order to perform the air shows flown by the USAF Thunderbirds on our computers via online multiplayer in real time. This has been no small feat, and in the process we’ve come in contact with some truly amazing people, alumni and friends, colleagues, pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike whom share our passion.

The faces of the Virtual Thunderbirds have changed throughout the years, and similar to the real teams’ pilots, some have retired, new members have been selected, but once a Thunderbird, always a Thunderbird. We take pride in our traditions and friendships. We continuously strive for higher standards and look for new talented individuals to add to our team.
Our goal is to be the most comprehensive group of knowledgeable and talented pilots on the internet “wearing” the Thunderbird patch, virtually. It demands extraordinary teamwork, skill, commitment and determination. Our presentation is a reflection of the real world team, our heroes; the Ambassadors in Blue. This is our tribute to the men and women of the United States Air Force Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, past and present.


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