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VIDEO: Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Walt Disney World

by Matt Roseboom

The Air Force Thunderbirds flew over Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort yesterday, thrilling guests from around the world. The flyover was a prelude to National Veterans and Military Families Month, which takes place in November.

Thunderbird airplanes fly over Cinderella castle
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Cinderella Castle as a prelude to the beginning of National Veterans and Military Families Month in November.
Photo by Olga Thompson

The Thunderbirds did two passes over the theme park, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and culminating in their famous Delta maneuver where they accelerated rapidly in different directions. Taking place behind and above Cinderella Castle, the maneuver gave the appearance of a fireworks display over the iconic castle. 

Making this flyover even more special was the fact that one of the pilots grew up visiting Walt Disney World, where his dad worked, and was inspired to be a pilot after seeing the Thunderbirds when he was young. Watch the interview with father and son here:


The Walt Disney Company founders Walt and Roy O. Disney both served the United States during World War I. And today the company is an enduring supporter of the military. Disney is a leading proponent of hiring, training, and supporting military veterans with its Heroes Work Here initiative, the Heroes Supply Here program, and Disney’s Veterans Institute. 

This special flyover is the latest example of Walt Disney World Resort’s long tradition of celebrating members of the United States military and their families. 

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