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July 12, 2012


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey will participate in an F-16 ride along with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on July 23, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Bailey will take part in a three-hour training and briefing at Cheyenne Regional Airport before his opportunity to experience flight from a fighter pilot’s perspective during a one-hour ride along.

The Thunderbirds is the Air Force’s official demonstration team. Its purpose is to showcase the integrity, selfless service and excellence embodied by American Airmen. Each year, the Thunderbirds team performs in Cheyenne for the city’s “Frontier Days” air show.
Bailey will arrive at Cheyenne Regional Airport at approximately 12:45 p.m. MDT on Monday, July 23. There will be opportunities for photos and B-Roll as he sits with the pilot to discuss his flight path, safety and other details of his ride along. Thunderbirds team members will be on hand as Bailey takes off at approximately 4 p.m. for the one-hour flight. Cockpit video also will be available for those outlets interested in the footage. Media planning to cover the ride along must RSVP by noon on Friday, July 20 (Contact: Technical Sgt. Alice Diddle — 702-493-2565 / alikm1980@yahoo.com).
Please visit http://afthunderbirds.com/site/ for more information on the Thunderbirds, which has been in existence since 1953. Recent cockpit video of NASCAR drivers taking part in a similar ride along can be seen by visiting the following link:

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