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Originally posted by Daedalus3
I meant this..starburst
[edit on 19-8-2005 by Daedalus3]
Originally posted by JungleMike
I used to be stationed at Traron-Ten (VT-10), Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola and the Blues were in the hangar next to us. I was there when the Blues flew A-4's and then went to the Hornet.
The Blues used to practice their whole routine every Wednesday, so we got pretty used to it. I also worked at the base supply and saw how many times the planes got "bent" during practices.
The time I was in Pensacola (1984-1987), the T-Birds would come up to Sherman Field every other year and have a "fly-off" against the Blues. It was strictly a professional courtesty-type thing and it was never advertised. It was like "here is what we do, what do you do?". The next year, the Blues would go up to Nellis and do the same thing. I do not know if this is still done.
The T-Birds did a really cool thing in '89. I was then stationed on CVN-68 (Nimitz) and we were some distance from San Diego. I had heard about 30 miles at sea, but can't say for sure. Anyway, the T-Birds were doing a show over San Diego and after they finished, they flew out to sea and did a private show for the Nimitz crew. It was an abbreviated form because they obviously didn't have landmarks to guide them in their show. They flew a KC-10 tanker out there too, and I will always remember it "waving" its boom up and down as a greeting.
Both the T-Birds and the Blues used to fly aircraft that could be made combat ready in a very short time. Their routines are similar because they are based off of basic combat maneuvers. Also, they don't fly shows in G-suits so that limits them as well. I don't think that either teams claim to be "best" but they both are highly professional flight teams that show their respectives services well.
I now live in Midland, Tx. Home of George W. Bush and the Commemorative Air Force (used to be Confederate Air Force). Both teams have been to our annual airshow and my aunt was appointed CAF liason to the Blues and T-Birds. She said the Blues were hardest to work with, attitude-wise and their ground demands were greater. Anyway, I have enjoyed many flight teams and I really enjoy our neighbors to the north-the Snowbirds!
Originally posted by JIMC5499
Anybody in Chicago on Saturday for the airshow. The Thunderturds......oops I mean Thunderbirds gave an example of extreme close formation flying. It appears that two of them got a little too close and knocked the wingtip Sidewinder rail off into Lake Michigan.
Originally posted by Figher Master FIN
The thin model... yeah i like it... isn't it aout 5.1 megapixels...?