Updated: 07/13/2014 10:47 PM
Created: 07/13/2014 4:02 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
The sound of jets is nothing new in Duluth with the 148th making regular flights, but this week you might get to spot the Air Force Thunderbird F-16s who landed at the base on Sunday. The Thunderbirds are in town before they fly over the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
The Thunderbird F-16s are shining in red, white and blue at the 148th Fighter Wing. Captain Lucas Buckley has traveled the country with the Air Force, but he's from Rosemount and said it's great to stop back home in Minnesota.
“It's been an honor to serve in the Air Force for 10 years, and to come back and touch base with the local community here I couldn't be more proud,” Buckley said.
He is in charge of maintenance for the 11 jets and said the Air Force has more career options than just being a pilot.
“If you're looking to go to college and get some education and really get some life experience, I think the air force is a really great choice,” Buckley said.
He said seeing the Thunderbirds' aerial maneuvers is a big draw, and as the maintenance officer he gets a front row seat.
“It never gets old for me to see a 10 year old kid just stare up at the sky and watch the airplanes and the big smile on their face and they come up to you afterward and say, 'That was really neat. How can I do that someday?'” Buckley said.
The Thunderbirds will spend a few days in Duluth before they show off at the All-Star Game.
“It's just a flyover really of Target Field. You'll see us come over about 500 feet at about 350 knots in a delta six-ship wedge formation,” Buckley said.
Baseball fans will get a taste of what the Air Force can do, and some might just want to live at Mach speed.
Buckley said the Thunderbirds stationed at the 148th because the flies the same F-16 so the Duluth base has all the tools they need to maintain the Thunderbirds. He said it's also only a 20 minute flight to Minneapolis.
Crash in McDavitt Township Leaves One Man with Serious Injuries
A 31-year-old man suffered serious injuries after a two vehicle crash in McDavitt Township Friday evening. The incident happened at the intersection Highway 7 and Zim Road at 6:25 p.m.
3rd Minnesota Turkey Farm Hit by Bird Flu Outbreak
An outbreak of a bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry deepened Saturday when state and federal officials confirmed a third Minnesota turkey farm has been infected, this time in one of the state's top poultry producing counties.
MN Congressional Delegation and Lt. Gov. Meet at White House About Steel Imports
Minnesota's federal lawmakers met with officials at the White House on Friday, to press their case about the problem of steel imports.
Gogebic Taconite Withdraws Wisconsin Application
The state Department of Natural Resources says a company that was looking to open a huge iron mine in northern Wisconsin has officially withdrawn its plans. Gogebic Taconite was considering digging a 4½-mile long mine in the Penokee Hills just south of Lake Superior but announced last month it was closing its office in Hurley and future investment in the project wasn't feasible.
Girls-Only Shop Class Aims to Narrow Industry Gender Gaps
More women are now pursuing STEM fields, but there's still huge gender gaps in industries like manufacturing, machining and carpentry. a girls-only shop class at one Northland high school might be a way to change that.