SC air base hosts air show Thunderbird F-16 visit

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) - Shaw Air Force base is hosting a Thunderbird F-16 jet and pilot in advance of the installation's annual community festival and air show.

Air Force spokesman 2nd Lt. Emily Chilson says F-16 pilot Maj. Anthony Mulhare will perform several low-altitude passes Friday morning before landing at Shaw Air Force Base in central South Carolina.

Mulhare and the other Thunderbirds will return for the festival - known as ShawFest 2010 - during the second weekend of May.

The Thunderbirds perform about 30 air maneuvers in a typical air show. Their formation flying highlights the capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the exacting training required of its pilots.

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