2016 Lauderdale Air Show to Feature U.S. Thunderbirds

When the Fort Lauderdale Air Show returns from its two-year hiatus this spring, not one, not two, but three jet teams will be headlining the event.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform during the beachfront air show alongside the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and the Breitling Jet Team, which is based in Dijon, France.

Set to take place May 7 and 8, the 2016 air show will be the first time in nearly a decade that North American spectators will see jet teams from the United States, Canada and Europe perform together at the same aerial event, according to the air show's organizers.

The viewing area for the show will stretch from East Sunrise Boulevard to NE 14th Court along Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The beachfront air show was canceled in 2014 due to runway construction at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and again in 2015 because of road construction along A1A, where spectators gather for the event.

The last time the Lauderdale Air Show was held, in 2013, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds had to back out of the show because of federal budget cuts. So, Air Show President Bryan Lilley is glad the Fort Lauderdale Air Show will be "back on a grand scale."

"We look forward to returning the sight and sound of freedom to the skies over Fort Lauderdale Beach next May,” he said in a press release.

Tickets are on sale starting at $24 per day for adults and $16 for children. Premium viewing and VIP tickets can be purchased for rates of up to 50 percent off until Dec. 14.

For more information and updates, visit fortlauderdaleairshow.com.