In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation was hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. Just six years later, on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 2600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The unit adopted the name “Thunderbirds,” influenced in part by the strong Native American culture and folklore from the southwestern United States where Luke Air Force Base is located. Millions of people have witnessed the Thunderbirds demonstrations, and in turn, they’ve seen the pride, professionalism and dedication of the hundreds of thousands of Airmen serving at home and abroad. Each year brings another opportunity for the team to represent those who deserve the most credit: the everyday, hard-working Airmen voluntarily serving America and defending freedom. The USAF Thunderbirds Air Show will be at 9:30 a.m. July 22, 2015, above Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive. Parking at LCCC begins at 7:30 a.m. Remote free Park ‘n Ride lots are at Holliday Home Plaza, Nationway and Windmill Road (Ashley Furniture parking lot) and Cheyenne Plaza, East Lincolnway and College Drive (Hobby Lobby parking lot). Before the Thunderbirds fly, enjoy fun activities and music from a live active duty Air Force Band! LCCC student groups will sell refreshments and Thunderbird T-shirts. Don’t forget your lawnchairs, umbrellas, water and sunscreen (sunglasses too). For information, call 778-7200 or 800-227-6336.