Saturday, August 29, 2009
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were intended to be the climax of the air show and they succeeded handily. They were over an hour late which only increased the level of suspense for the thousands of show goers scanning the horizon for any sign of them. When the fighter jets finally arrived, they came from behind the crowd with little warning.
The Thunderbirds have their own announcer and a soundtrack that plays over the P.A. system while they perform—not that you could hear anything over the din of the six Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons. Like the other jets we had watched over the course of the last day and a half, they were fast and loud; what really set them apart was the absolute precision of their flying. The intricate maneuvers they performed were similar to many we had witnessed earlier in the day by high tech prop planes—but performed at near supersonic speeds. Wow.
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