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The Thunderbirds returned to Europe for the first time in 13 years in 1984. More than 3.2 million people viewed the aerial demonstrations in 11 countries.
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In 1986, the Thunderbirds participated in the rededication flyby of the Statue of Liberty and in September, 
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another milestone was attained when the team went over the 200 million mark for total attendance.
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 The largest crowd, 2.25 million people, to see a performance was at Coney Island, N.Y., July 4, 1987. 
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The 1987 Far East tour marked their debut in Beijing, China -- the first American military demonstration performance in a Communist country.

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Operation Desert Storm cancelled the 1990 European tour and the season was shortened. 
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The team converted to the F-16C in 1992, bringing the F-16A era to an end.
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In 1996, the team traveled again to Europe where crowds from former Warsaw Pact countries enjoyed the "Ambassadors in Blue." 
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In July 1996, the team participated in opening ceremonies of the Centennial Olympics held in Atlanta which were viewed by an estimated 3.5 billion people around the world.
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During the summer of 2007 the Thunderbirds will be visiting Europe again 
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