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  • Air Force: Thunderbird jet crashes after flyover of academy commencement attended by Obama

    06/02/2016 12:49:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    fox news ^ | June 02, 2016
    Thunderbird jet crashed Thursday after a flyover of the academy's commencement, which was attended by President Obama, the US Air Force said.
  • Blue Angels who died in Smyrna, TN crash identified as Marine Corps Captain Jeff Kuss

    06/02/2016 4:14:08 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 32 replies
    WKRN (Nashville) ^ | 6/2/16 | self
    The pilot has been identified in the crash.
  • Pilot parachutes to safety after Thunderbird crashes [Colorado]

    Local news reporting a Thunderbird crashed and the pilot safely ejected.
  • Sylvia Anderson, voice of Thunderbirds' Lady Penelope, dies at 88

    03/16/2016 2:03:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:20AM GMT 16 Mar 2016 | Danny Boyle
    Sylvia Anderson, the co-creator of Thunderbirds, who was best known for voicing Lady Penelope in the hit TV show, has died aged 88. The producer and writer devised the Supermarionation puppet series, one of Britain’s most fondly-remembered children’s TV shows, with husband Gerry Anderson in the 1960s. Her character in the science-fiction series — an aristocrat who moonlighted as an agent for the secret organization International Rescue — became known as much for her pink suit as her pink Rolls Royce, chauffeured by Parker the butler. …
  • Outspoken, revered Vietnam fighter pilot Jack Broughton dies at 89

    11/02/2014 3:14:47 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    LA Times, via Stars & Stripes ^ | Novembe 1, 2014 | Tony Perry
    As a combat pilot, Air Force Col. Jack Broughton was celebrated for bravery and tactical brilliance during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received promotions and important assignments and seemed headed to become a general. But a high-profile court-martial during the Vietnam War for allegedly violating the rules of engagement that ruled certain targets off limits ended his career. After leaving the Air Force, Broughton was free to speak out about what he saw as the incompetence of President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in micromanaging the war. Pilots couldn't bomb an enemy outhouse without their approval, Broughton...
  • Study: Fossil soaring bird had huge wingspan

    07/08/2014 8:57:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 3:12 PM EDT | Malcolm Ritter
    A fossil found in South Carolina has revealed a gigantic bird that apparently snatched fish while soaring over the ocean some 25 million to 28 million years ago. Its estimated wingspan of around 21 feet is bigger than the height of a giraffe. …
  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Rehearse Rose Parade Flyover

    12/31/2013 11:57:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies ^ | Dec. 31, 2013
    Frank Buckley, Jessica Holmes and Mark Kriski were live from the Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena. They watched in awe as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds rehearsed their Rose Parade flyover with six F-16s soaring in formation along the Colorado Blvd. parade route.
  • AFA graduation: Class of 2013 told to 'do what is right for our Air Force'

    05/29/2013 4:03:46 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 21 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 5/29/2013 | Jakob Rodgers
    Beneath a rousing flyover of decades-old warbirds, 1,024 newly commissioned second lieutenants graduated Wednesday from the Air Force Academy - saluting the military's past while looking to its future. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, in one of his last acts as the Air Force's top civilian, implored the cadets to tackle the service's many challenges, a lingering war, fiscal uncertainty and the "scourge" of pervasive sexual assaults during the ceremony at Falcon Stadium. "Each of you is responsible for the character of this Air Force, and its reputation," Donley said. "And I therefore charge you to serve with integrity, and...
  • Sequester and Airshows

    04/30/2013 10:16:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | April 29, 2013 | Marilyn Dash
    We recently learned that the Blue Angels, the USAF Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights and all the Military Demo Teams have cancelled their entire Airshow season due to the Sequester. The Military will not take part in Airshows in any way – not static displays, not flying, nothing. This information has sent the Airshow Industry back to their drawing boards to see how they can move on from here. The Military Demonstration Teams are an enormous draw for these events. Military Teams can increase attendance by up to 30% while bringing many attendees from long distances which increase tourism for their...
  • Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies aged 83

    12/26/2012 8:59:40 AM PST · by the scotsman · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th December 2012 | BBC News
    'Gerry Anderson, creator of the Thunderbirds and Joe 90 puppet superhero TV shows, has died at the age of 83, his son has announced. Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010, and his condition had worsened in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said. Gerry Anderson also created Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Thunderbirds was filmed on Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire and was first broadcast in 1965. Jamie Anderson announced the news on his website, saying his father had died peacefully in his sleep at noon on Wednesday. His other creations included UFO, Space:...
  • Oblabla Makes the Thunderbirds Wait

    06/11/2012 5:15:55 PM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 15 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | 5-23-12 | The Gazette
    Got this from a friend in the Aggie network and it is confirmed. Of course you never heard this from the press. It did appear in one paper. Received this from a retired U.S.A.F. fighter pilot who flew F-105’s in Vietnam with my brother Ted: From an Academy grad - 204 missions over North Vietnam in an F-4. I just wanted to pass on a little info in case some of you were not aware of this. Yesterday was the Air force Academy graduation ceremony. My friend from Texas had just arrived and we drove down the road to...
  • Thunderbirds, Angels, Parachutes and Bayonets

    02/20/2012 7:20:03 PM PST · by pfflier
    People frequently mock Yuma and the desert southwest for the intense summer heat. This year they will envy us.In a few short days we will be able to witness the performace of the US Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and Drum and Bugle Corps. Then it is just a short drive to see the US Navy Blue Angels at the NAF El Centro open house. Finally, in mid-March, we will host the USAF Thunderbirds at the MCAS Yuma open house. As an added bonus, we will see the US Navy Leapfrogs and the US Army Golden Knights also featured at...
  • Win a Chance to Fly with the Thunderbirds

    06/30/2010 10:11:38 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 1, 2010 | N/A
    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a Hometown Hero to fly with the Thunderbirds at the 30th anniversary of the California International Airshow, October 2-3, 2010. This "Hometown Hero" is someone who has gone above and beyond to do something for his or her community. If this describes someone you know, then continue reading and then scroll down the page and fill out their name and information, plus tell us why they should awarded the "Hometown Hero Flight" with the Thunderbirds. Nominations will be accepted until July 16th. Five finalists will be chosen by the California International...
  • Thunderbirds return

    05/07/2010 9:03:41 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 29 replies · 847+ views
    The Item ^ | May 7, 2010 | By GINA VASSELLI
    SHAW AIR FORCE BASE - You could hear them coming long before you could see them, but that didn't stop people from looking up whenever they heard the distinctive roar of several jet engines. The Air Force Thunderbirds arrived Thursday afternoon to get a feel for how their performance flights will go during ShawFest this weekend. The eight-member Thunderbird squadron has not performed in Sumter since 2005. But they will once again fly over Shaw Air Force Base as part of ShawFest 2010. Other than the Thunderbirds, the Army Golden Knights and the Navy FA-18 Super Hornet demonstration team will...
  • Up in the air: Your guide to Aerospace & Arizona Days 2010

    03/18/2010 5:01:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 308+ views
    After a three-year hiatus, the big air show returns to Tucson this weekend. Aerospace & Arizona Days 2010, expected to be the biggest entertainment event of the year in Southern Arizona, is at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to make their way onto the base Saturday and Sunday for a high-flying lineup that stars the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in their first show of a 73-show season. Professional aerobatic pilots will be up in the air, and we'll get up-close looks at C-17s, F-18s and A-10s (the famed Warthogs, based at D-M). Scores of other...
  • Thunderbird returns to Nellis for final farewell

    01/15/2010 3:28:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 795+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Russ Martin, USAF
    1/15/2010 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- A Thunderbird pilot killed in Southeast Asia and listed as missing in action for more than 40 years returned to the location of his last Air Force assignment Jan. 14 for a celebration of his life among a sea of family and peers. "Today, we welcome Maj. Russell C. Goodman home," said Brig. Gen. Russell J. Handy, the 57th Wing commander during a funeral service with full military honors at the Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron hangar at Nellis Air Force Base. "We welcome him home to the United States, welcome...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 01-11-10 (DUmmies Are GO!)

    01/11/2010 3:01:45 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 55 replies · 1,904+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | January 11, 2010 | William Rivers Pitt, DUmmies, and Charles Henrickson
    When I was a kid, one of my favorite TV shows was the "Thunderbirds," a "Supermarionation" series about the Tracy family and their International Rescue team. There would be trouble somewhere in the world, and, from their secret island base, the IR crew would fire up their jets and rush to the rescue. "Thunderbirds Are GO!" That picture came to my mind when I read this THREAD from Pied Piper Pitt, in which he issues the "Go" order to his DU crew. "DUmmies Are GO!" I think Pitt fancies himself as Jeff Tracy or Scott Tracy, or maybe as...
  • After 40 years Nellis Air Force pilot remains are found and identified

    01/11/2010 7:40:19 PM PST · by ASOC · 9 replies · 818+ views
    KTNV, Las Vegas, NV ^ | 1/11/10 | KTNV TV
    There is finally closure to a mystery that spanned four decades. A Vietnam combat veteran's remains were identified and the family can now lay him to rest
  • Thunderbirds announce their 2009 schedule

    12/08/2009 4:36:44 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 23 replies · 899+ views ^ | December 8, 2009 | (by Lieven Dewitte)
    The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, "Thunderbirds," has announced its 2010 air show schedule. The team's 57th show season is scheduled to take them to more than 65 shows in 27 states and Canada. The 2010 schedule is as follows: March 20-21: Davis Monthan AFB, AZ 27-28: Maxwell AFB, AL April 10-11: Eglin AFB, FL 17-18: Lakeland, FL 24-25: Barksdale AFB, LA May 1 Dyess AFB, TX 2 Altus AFB, OK 8-9 Shaw AFB, SC 15-16 Columbus AFB, MS 22 Grand Forks AFB, ND 26: USAFA, CO 29-30 Janesville, WI June 5-6 Ocean City, MD 12-13 Quebec City, Canada...
  • Air Force Thunderbirds and Canadian Snowbirds Long Island Air Show

    05/22/2009 7:41:29 AM PDT · by alisasny · 4 replies · 982+ views
    Jones Beach Airshow ^ | 05/22/2009 | Our brave airmen and women
    What a great day to live near Republic airport on Long Island.. Canadian Snowbirds just flew over for their Friday practice run for the show on Saturday and Sunday... Thunderbirds will buzz my house around 2 pm!! Going down to the airport tomorrow. They do a stunt before they land for the airport crowd. We rotate every Memorial Day with the Blue Angels...
  • Photos: USAF Thunderbirds ready for air-show duty

    05/02/2009 1:47:48 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 3 replies · 545+ views
    cnet ^ | May 2, 2009
    The air-show season is on us again, a chance for people outside the aviation industry to get an up-close look at aircraft old and new, both in static displays on the ground and in fancy aerial displays up above. A regular feature of air shows across the country is the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, better-known as the Thunderbirds.
  • THUNDER in the sky

    03/30/2009 1:57:34 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 20 replies · 712+ views
    SUN HERALD ^ | March 30, 2009 | By MARY PEREZ
    BILOXI — The Thunderbirds in the sky plus free admission and parking could easily draw 70,000 spectators Saturday and Sunday for the first air show at Keesler Air Force Base since Hurricane Katrina. Thunder on the Bay will be just that, with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force demonstration team, returning to the Coast for the first time in 15 years. Other military aircraft and some of the best stunt flyers in the world will perform almost nonstop the two days. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the Thunderbirds perform at 3:20 both afternoons.
  • Thunder in the Desert 2009 (Luke AFB Air Show)

    03/20/2009 11:30:30 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 25 replies · 1,244+ views
    Join us for Luke's "Thunder in the Desert" 2009: March 21 and 22: Luke's "Thunder in the Desert" 2009 Open House is a two-day event at Luke Air Force Base and one of the most diverse air shows in America. The U.S. Air Force's Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, will bring their special brand of high-flying excitement to this year's show as well as numerous other aircraft and ground displays, exhibits, and attractions. General admission to "Thunder in the Desert" is free. No tickets are available for purchase or required for general entry. Off-base parking will be available for a...
  • Travis Air Expo 2008

    08/30/2008 8:48:57 AM PDT · by WSGilcrest · 4 replies · 313+ views
    Travis Air Expo 2008 The Travis Air Expo is free and open to the public. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. both days.The Travis Air Expo will be broadcast live on AM 890 within two miles of the base.Due to heightened security measures, some items are prohibited at this year's Expo. For a list of these items and other security concerns, click here.Some Things You Will See at Travis Air Expo 2008 USAF ThunderbirdsThe U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, performs precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high performance...
  • Face of Defense: Nevadan Becomes First Guard Thunderbird Pilot

    06/10/2008 4:27:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 118+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Lyndsey Sullivan
    CARSON CITY, Nev., June 10, 2008 – Throughout his Air Force career, Nevada Air National Guard pilot Maj. Derek Routt has distinguished himself by emphasizing basic character traits such as integrity and work ethic. Air Force Maj. Derek Routt illustrates his enthusiasm for flying in an F-16 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in 2005 during a Red Flag Exercise with 64th Aggressor Squadron. Photo courtesy of Tyson V. Rininger, TVR Photography  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. They promise to be the same attributes Routt upholds this fall when he becomes the first National Guard pilot to take...
  • The flying hotel Thunderbird 2: The 700ft super-airship that will gently float you around the world

    02/01/2008 5:11:43 PM PST · by Stoat · 74 replies · 1,922+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 2, 2008
    The flying hotel Thunderbird 2: The 700ft super-airship that will gently float you around the worldLast updated at 23:32pm on 1st February 2008  With its fins and whale-like shape, it resembles Thunderbird 2. But, unlike the huge International Rescue rocket in the puppet series, this gigantic airship won't be roaring off in a blast of flame and smoke to any international emergencies. Instead, its designers say it will gently lift 40 passengers into the sky for a serene cruise of the world. Scroll down for more...   Uplifting: Manned Cloud's deisgners say it will offer eco-friendly holidays    The...
  • The Most Amazing Jet Picture - new details emerge on how it was taken

    01/18/2008 5:06:07 PM PST · by Mr_Moonlight · 31 replies · 1,915+ views
    Greg Wilson's Ramblings (blog website) ^ | January 12th, 2008 | Gregory Wilson
    The Most Amazing Jet Picture - new details emerge on how it was taken In September, 2003, the picture below showed up on several websites. I remember the day it came out because it was absolutely amazing, but it seemed to be an impossible shot. The aviation boards were full of rumors about the picture being fake but few days later, more details surfaced on the accident and how this REAL picture was captured.
  • USAF Thunderbirds over Chicago(video)

    11/18/2006 2:56:17 PM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 28 replies · 1,479+ views
    Check it out.
  • Show of force in Edwards' skies

    10/30/2006 12:28:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 255+ views ^ | Monday, October 30, 2006. | PIERRE A. KANDORFER
    It's already the biggest two-day air show in California, but its popularity increase does not seem to end any time soon. The annual Air Show and Open House at the Edwards Air Force Base attracted more than 65,000 visitors during the weekend, according to event organizers. Many of them came from far-away places, driving for hours just to watch the show. Why do the people from all over the state drive to Edwards again and again to watch the aviation spectacle of the year? "You see here things you can't see at other air shows," said John Stanton, who travels...
  • Thunderbirds fulfill her lifelong need for speed (first woman to fly with squadron, #3 right wing)

    10/01/2006 8:23:12 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 16 replies · 2,473+ views
    CNN ^ | Friday September 29th, 2006 | Alex Quade
    Just an awe inspiring story! By Alex Quade CNN WICHITA, Kansas (CNN) -- Air Force Maj. Nicole Malachowski says she always has wanted to fly -- and fly fast. She got her private pilot's certificate before she got her driver's license, and she's been soaring ever since. When Congress changed the rules in the early 1990s, allowing women to fly combat missions, her future was sealed. Now at 31, Malachowski is the newest member of the Air Force's Thunderbird demonstration squadron -- the first woman on any U.S. military high performance jet team. "People talk about glass ceilings or breaking...
  • Edwards air show to honor 60th year of Air Force

    08/13/2006 11:13:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 309+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, August 13, 2006. | ALLISON GATLIN
    Preparations are well under way for the Valley's premier aviation event - the Edwards Air Force Base Open House and Air Show. The free two-day event is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29, at the base that has been home to flight testing nearly every aircraft in the Air Force inventory - past, present and future. That heritage is reflected in the event's theme - "The Edwards' Edge: Making History, Reaching New Heights." This year's festivities also will honor the 60th anniversary of the Air Force, one of the first official events to do so. Headlining the...
  • USAF: First female Thunderbird pilot has local roots

    04/28/2006 5:51:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 11,395+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 4/28/06 | Mason Stockstill
    MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE - Just to get it out of the way: Maj. Nicole Malachowski is the first female pilot in the 53-year history of the Thunderbirds. Malachowski, 31, was named to the U.S. Air Force’s demonstration squadron last year and flew in her first performance in March. Since then, the former Upland student has been described by many as a symbol of gender equality in the Armed Forces – though she and her colleagues say her membership in the elite Thunderbirds isn’t the revolution it’s been made out to be. "Women have been flying fighters since the mid-90s,’’...
  • Thunderbirds announce 2006 schedule

    02/17/2006 10:25:25 PM PST · by Racehorse · 11 replies · 895+ views
    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFPN) -- The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the "Thunderbirds," has announced its 2006 air show schedule. The team, based here, is scheduled to perform more than 65 public shows in 29 states.  Since schedules are subject to change, the web site may be checked for possible changes: March21 Creech AFB, Nev. 25-26 Ft. Smith, Ark. April1-2 Punta Gorda, Fla. 8 Maxwell AFB, Ala. 9 Columbus AFB, Miss. 22-23 Tyndall AFB, Fla. 29-30 March ARB, Calif. May6-7 Langley AFB, Va. 13-14 Robins AFB, Ga. 20 Altus AFB, Okla. 21 Dyess AFB, Texas 27 Cannon...
  • Randolph AFB 75th Anniversary Air Show (USAF Thunderbirds & B2 Bomber, Nov. 5 & 6)

    11/05/2005 4:07:11 PM PST · by ChefKeith · 29 replies · 1,347+ views
    USAF Randolph Air Base ^ | 11/05/05 | USAF/Self
    Randolph AFB, Texas 75th Anniversary Air ShowU.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in flightschedule of eventsaerial demonstrationsstatic displaysDirections to Randolph AFBOther informationGround ActivitiesContact us The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds take to the skies over San Antonio Nov. 5-6, 2005, at the Randolph Air Force Base 75th Anniversary Air Show. The event is free and open to the public. Gates hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The modern-day T-6 Texan II and its predecessor from World War II, the T-6 Texan, fly a Texan Flight heritage formation in May 2005The U.S. Army’s premier parachute demonstration team, the Golden Knights and...
  • Huachuca GIs to help communicate (93rd Signal BBrigade - Katrina Relief)

    09/03/2005 12:33:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 228+ views
    SIERRA VISTA - More than 40 soldiers from Fort Huachuca's 93rd Signal Brigade have deployed to an area north of New Orleans to provide communications support for areas crippled by Hurricane Katrina. The soldiers, mainly assigned to the 67th Signal Battalion, left Wednesday and have set up operations about 100 miles north of New Orleans, at Camp Shelby, Miss.
  • Thunderbirds continue their season after mishap

    08/22/2005 3:10:12 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 3 replies · 466+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 8/22/2005 | AFPN Staff
    8/22/2005 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFPN) -- The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are continuing their show schedule after reviewing their procedures following a mishap Aug. 20 at the Chicago Air and Water Show when two aircraft touched in flight. During one of the maneuvers, two of the team's F-16 Fighting Falcons touched wingtips. The show was halted following the incident. Both aircraft landed safely. "Safety is paramount in everything we do," said Lt. Col. Mike Chandler, team commander. "After our incident Saturday we reviewed our procedures and will continue the season this weekend in Westfield, Mass.” The Thunderbirds...
  • Thunderbirds performance cut short after object falls from plane

    08/21/2005 5:09:39 PM PDT · by Lokibob · 45 replies · 1,550+ views
    Channel 7 chicago ^ | August 20, 2005 | Channel 7 chicago
              Thunderbirds performance cut short after object falls from plane August 20, 2005 — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds canceled an aerial performance Sunday because of safety concerns following a midair accident at the Chicago Air and Water Show that sent an object on one of the group's F-16s plummeting into Lake Michigan.   The aerial acrobatic team cut short their performance Saturday when two of the jets made contact while they were flying in formation and a missile rail was dislodged. On Sunday, the team announced that it would not perform again until an...
  • Pilot from Lakenheath is first woman to join Air Force Thunderbirds

    06/18/2005 4:56:09 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 17 replies · 1,513+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | June 18, 2005 | Scott Schonauer
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Capt. Nicole Malachowski, an F-15C/E pilot from RAF Lakenheath, England, is the first female pilot to be named to the Air Force Thunderbirds. She is one of two pilots in U.S. Air Forces in Europe to make the elite aerial demonstration team, which was announced Thursday. She will be joined by Capt. Tad Clark, an F-16CJ pilot from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Malachowski, a member of the 48th Fighter Wing’s 494th Fighter Squadron, is the first female named to the team is its 52-year history. Her commander, Col. Dan DeBree, said the Air Force couldn’t have picked...
  • 2006 Thunderbirds team includes first female pilot

    06/16/2005 3:00:04 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 171 replies · 3,334+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 16 June 2005 | From ACC via Air Force Link
    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFPN) -- U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, “Thunderbirds,” officials announced their new pilots for the 2006 demonstration season which includes the first female demonstration pilot in the 52-year history of the Thunderbirds. Capt. Nicole Malachowski, of the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, joins the team as the first female demonstration pilot on any U.S. military high performance jet team. Lt. Col. Kevin Robbins, from the Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Capt. Ed Casey, of the 56th Training Squadron at Luke AFB, Ariz., also were selected for...
  • Thunderbirds continue to fly five-ship show while returning pilot requalifies

    06/09/2005 7:45:38 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 12 replies · 644+ views ^ | 6/9/2005 | Air Combat Command News Service
    Thursday, June 09, 2005 - The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, announced today they will continue to fly a five-ship demonstration at air shows around the country until a newly assigned right wing pilot completes training required for the position. The team, which normally flies a six-ship demonstration, has been without their right wing pilot since May 7 when then right wing Maj. Brian Burns identified a medical condition that was impacting his ability to perform as a demonstration team pilot. Major Burns has since been cleared to return to fly, but because of the unique and...
  • Andrews AFB set for dazzling air show - Thunderbirds fly high at Andrews open house (May 20th-22nd)

    05/20/2005 12:51:39 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 9 replies · 939+ views ^ | May 19, 2005 | Tiffany Young
    Breath-taking aerial stunts by the U.S. Air Force "Thunderbirds" will headline this year's annual air show at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs this weekend. The show, which is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, will also feature an on-the-ground exhibit of vintage aircraft, refreshments and business handouts. This year marks the 55th annual Joint Services Open House, in celebration of Armed Forces Day. It is the day when the United States "salutes the contributions made by our men and women in uniform," Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said in a letter honoring the...
  • Yes, Free Flapjacks at Depot -- Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

    07/26/2004 7:43:44 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 252+ views
    Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 07-26-04 | Stockton, Ty
    Yes, free flapjacks at depot 'You can bet your bippy I'll be there' By Ty Stockton Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle The early bird may get the worm, but the early human gets the flapjacks. Today is the first pancake breakfast of the 2004 Cheyenne Frontier Days, and you can bet your bippy I'll be there. Few things motivate me more than food, but free food is certainly one of those things. From 7 to 9 a.m. today, Wednesday and Friday, the Cheyenne Kiwanis club dishes up flapjacks, ham and coffee at an average of 10,000 people each day....
  • Thunderbirds suffer minor bird-strike damage during air show

    06/30/2004 6:28:31 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 3 replies · 255+ views ^ | 6/30/2004 | unknown
    The USAF Thunderbirds evidently suffered a bird-strike, Saturday, June 26, 2004, during an air show at the Southern Wisconsin Air Fest, at Rock County Airport, near Janesville, Wisconsin. About 10 minutes into the show, the incident occurred, and the 6 aircraft separated, dispersed, and circled the airport at high altitude. The Thunderbirds announcer finally stated that at least one, but possibly two of the F-16s were damaged by a bird strike incident. The show was halted for nearly 30 minutes, while Thunderbird no. 3, and possibly Thunderbird no. 4 landed back at the airport. T-Bird no. 3 was parked at...
  • Scouts help revive jet's colorful identity

    05/29/2004 6:28:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 214+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 5/29/04 | Sarah Garrecht Gassen
    The F-4 Phantom jet standing guard outside American Legion Post 109 on the Southeast Side has been repainted with the red, white and blue it wore when it was part of the Air Force Thunderbirds air-show crew in the 1970s, thanks to the wrangling of a local Girl Scout troop. The plane will be rededicated at a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at the McCulloch-Wagner American Legion Post 109 hall, 15921 S. Houghton Road in Corona de Tucson. "To me, it brings the reflection of the airplane and what's been accomplished," said Ernie Salazar Jr., a legion member...
  • T-bird crash blamed on pilot error

    03/03/2004 2:32:25 PM PST · by demlosers · 25 replies · 929+ views
    Mountain Home news ^ | January 28, 2004
    The Sept. 14 crash of a USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team F-16 at the Gunfighter Skies 2003 airshow has been blamed on pilot error. The accident investigation board, headed by Col. Robert Beletic, released the results of its inquiry into the crash last Wednesday, determining that the pilot, Capt. Chris R. Stricklin, misjudged his altitude before beginning a Split-S maneuver after taking off as the last Thunderbird plane to launch during the team's planned airshow demonstration. It was the last event of the airshow. More than 35,000 people watched in horror as the plane slid into the ground and exploded just...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Studies Aerial Demonstration Teams - Part Two - Thunderbirds - Dec. 5th, 2003

    12/05/2003 12:00:48 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 169 replies · 4,307+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • ERAU continues celebration of 100 years of flight

    11/09/2003 4:22:11 AM PST · by Archangelsk · 1 replies · 150+ views
    ERAU continues celebration of 100 years of flight Staff report Last update: 09 November 2003 DAYTONA BEACH -- "Wings & Waves: Embry-Riddle Celebrates the Centennial of Flight," a free air and sea show, will be repeated today along the shoreline, with a worship service and a Veterans Day ceremony tacked on to the beginning for good measure. The show, presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, commemorates the 100th anniversary of flight. Orville Wright made the world's first successful powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine on the beach at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Dec. 17, 1903. The 120-foot flight lasted 12...
  • Wings and Waves 2003 (ERAU Air Show - November 8th & 9th Daytona Beach, Florida)

    11/08/2003 6:40:00 AM PST · by RedBloodedAmerican · 23 replies · 441+ views
    Wings and Waves via ERAU ^ | 11.08.03 | ERAU
    Bring your family and friends to Daytona Beach for Wings and Waves 2003, a spectacular airshow over the ocean featuring the USAF Thunderbirds, aerobatic performers, and a live concert by Sugar Ray. Enjoy the street festival atmosphere with plenty of food and fun. Wings and Waves, which is sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is held every two years. The airshow is free to the public and will be covered live on WNDB Radio, 1150 with Dave Laing, Shannon Pierce and Mark Williams. Online streaming video coverage will be available as well. Special events are planned for Embry-Riddle Parents and Alumni.Wings...
  • Riding with Thunderbirds

    10/30/2003 6:45:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 1,165+ views
    Valley Press ^ | October 27, 2003 | HEATHER LAKE
    EDWARDS AFB - The weather was pristine; the pilot, one of the best; and the crew exuded confidence that I, Heather Lake, was going to have a great time. I got to fly Friday with a member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.Within minutes of meeting the team's crew members, I was sent to put on an olive green flight suit and a very cool pair of lace-up black boots. Tech Sgt. Ron Ruzek, who has been with the Thunderbirds for six months, proceeded to explain to me what it was I would be experiencing in the F-16C, what I...
  • Need help finding video/photos of Thunderbird crash

    09/19/2003 2:03:58 PM PDT · by KansasConservative1 · 20 replies · 578+ views
    None ^ | 9/19/2003 | Self
    My friend was talking about video that shows the pilot waving to the crowd just minutes after the crash in Boise. Apparently the footage is really impressive. I have searched the heck out of the internet and I just cannot find any pics and vids. It is almost as if they have been pulled for a reason??? If you have any links, I would greatly appreciate it