Still unclear if Thunderbirds will make RI Air Show

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The USAF Thunderbirds’ scheduled appearance at the Rhode Island Air Show this weekend was still uncertain Monday, following last week’s crash.

In a reply posted on the air show’s Facebook page, organizers said the schedule remained unchanged as of Monday morning.

The Thunderbirds were grounded after one of their F-16s crashed Thursday following a flyover of the Air Force Academy graduation ceremonies in Colorado. The pilot, Maj. Alex Turner of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, ejected safely.

Meanwhile, RIDOT announced it has expanded its free train service to the air show. Two trains will now run from Providence and T.F. Green to Quonset in the morning, and three trains will run in the afternoon.

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