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  • Buzz Aldrin Blasts Off With The USAF Thunderbirds For A Record Flight

    04/03/2017 7:12:55 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 29 replies
    The Drive ^ | 04/03/17 | Tyler Rogoway
    At 87 years old, famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin is still breaking barriers and having a damn good time doing it. The USAF Thunderbirds invited the icon for a ride in their F-16D while they starred in the Melbourne Air & Space Show over the weekend. Aldrin now holds the record of being the oldest person to ever fly with the USAF Flight Demonstration Team. Melbourne is located south of Cape Canaveral—where Buzz blasted off to the moon in a Saturn V rocket in 1969 as part of the pioneering Apollo 11 crew. Just a few years earlier he rocketed into...
  • 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...