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Rare, cool video shows A-10s and Thunderbirds Formation Flying

This just-released video shows a rare formation with A-10s and the US Air Force Thunderbirds over Nevada.

Brought to my attention by John Osbourn, a reader of The Aviation Geek Club, this just-released video has been posted on Airailimages YouTube channel and shows a rare formation with A-10s and the US Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds over Nevada. Fly along as the A-10s break sharply to land, followed by the T-Birds’ F-16s. There’s also some flat-hatting over the desert by an A-10.

Noteworthy the A-10s belong to 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron (422 TES) stationed at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada. The unit is assigned to the 53d Test and Evaluation Group headquartered at Eglin AFB, Fla. The 422 TES is a composite squadron that executes HQ ACC-directed operational test and evaluation for A-10C, F-15C, F-15E, F-16CM, F-22A, and F-35A hardware, software, and weapons upgrades prior to CAF release. The squadron conducts tactics development, foreign materiel exploitation, and special access programs to optimize system combat capability. The squadron also conducts field visits to instruct operational aircrews on new systems and tactics.

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The Thunderbirds (the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron) are assigned to the 57th Wing and they are stationed at Nellis AFB too. the Thunderbirds plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern high performance aircraft and the lofty degree of professional skill required to operate these aircraft in a precision aerial demonstration. Team members carry out their unique mission as a special salute to their brothers and sisters in arms who are fighting America’s battles in air, space, and cyberspace. They have performed for more than 300 million people in all 50 states and many countries around the world.

From mid-March through mid-November each year, the Thunderbirds are on the road, planning and presenting precision aerial demonstrations in one of America’s front-line multi-role fighter aircraft, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Objectives of the squadron are to demonstrate to the public the professional competence of Air Force members, to support Air Force community relations and people-to-people programs and to support Air Force recruiting and retention programs.

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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