Feb. 25, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival is excited to announce another military air act will participate at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville.  The United States Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team has just confirmed they will perform in the show on Saturday, April 12.

The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft.  The demonstration is a single-ship performance of precision aerial maneuvers to show the unique capabilities of the world’s only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

“Thunder Over Louisville and the Kentucky Derby Festival have always enjoyed great support from all branches of the military,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO.  “We’re thrilled that more military will be able to participate in the 25th Thunder Show, making it even more spectacular.”

The Raptor’s combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in military aircraft capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are also performing at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville.  Additional details regarding other air acts that will perform in the 2014 Thunder Air Show are still being finalized.  A complete show schedule will be released closer to the show date.  More information regarding the

F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, visit www.acc.af.mil/aerialevents/f22a/index.asp.

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2014 Thunder Over Louisville, themed “Throwback Thunder,” is set for Saturday, April 12, and will be the  will be the 25th annual production. The show is sponsored by Horseshoe Southern Indiana, KentuckyOne Health, LG&E, Meijer, UPS, Valero and community McDonald’s Thunder Funders.

Thunder Over Louisville’s 2014 Official Broadcast Partners are WAVE 3 TV and SummitMedia’s Lite 106.9.