Thunderbirds

That time Thunderbirds delayed their display because they were scared by an SR-71 doing a low-level fly by in afterburner above their F-16s

That time Thunderbirds delayed their display because they were scared by an SR-71 doing a low-level fly by in afterburner above their F-16s

The Blackbird The SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft was the world’s fastest jet-propelled aircraft and the most advanced member of the Blackbird… Read More

2 months ago

173rd FW ‘Eagle Driver’ becomes the first ANG fighter pilot selected to be a Thunderbird demonstration pilot

First ANG Thunderbird pilot The US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, known as the “Thunderbirds”, recently announced the latest addition… Read More

11 months ago

F-100 Thunderbird pilot tells the story of when his Super Sabre exploded during the Bomb Burst after the wings came off due to fatigue damage in the wing center box

“I start the aggressive [6.5-G] pull into the vertical—and the aircraft explodes.... Any F-100 pilot who hears a loud 'BANG!'… Read More

1 year ago

In 2019 Thunderbirds called in 15 former team commanders for brutal and honest input to help improve the Squadron

By the end of 2019, Col. John Caldwell, Thunderbirds commander and No. 1 pilot, called in 15 former Thunderbirds for… Read More

3 years ago

Meet Caroline “Blaze” Jensen, first qualified female pilot in the T-7A Red Hawk

Caroline “Blaze” Jensen, first qualified female pilot in the T-7A Red Hawk, Follows flight plan of World War II women… Read More

3 years ago

Video shows the “Super Delta,” the new Thunderbirds and Blue Angels F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Super Hornet flight formation

The “Super Delta” formation grew out of a series of joint training opportunities held in 2020 and 2021, and serves… Read More

3 years ago

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… Read More

4 years ago

Thunderbirds Maintainer tests positive for COVID-19, Team Cancels performance at Wings Over Warren Airshow

A modified air show will still take place. The US Air Force (USAF) Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will no longer be part… Read More

4 years ago

Heart-stopping video shows the moment Air Force Thunderbird has to take evasive action to avoid midair incident during Los Angeles flyover

Dramatic footage features one of the US Air Force Thunderbirds taking evasive action to avoid midair incident during Los Angeles flyover. A… Read More

4 years ago

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds will fly over US cities to honor healthcare workers combating COVID-19

Both demonstration teams are set to flyover cities including Washington, Baltimore, New York, Newark, Trenton, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and… Read More

4 years ago

Watch this cool video showing Thunderbirds’ Diamond Loop on Takeoff

Check out the roll of Maj. Zane J. Taylor, Thunderbird #4 does near the end for foreign objects or debris.… Read More

4 years ago

These Two Giant Holes are the result of a Scary Bird Strike Experienced by Thunderbirds Lead Solo during Practice Flight Demonstration in Colombia

Maj. Michelle Curran is the Lead Solo Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 5… Read More

4 years ago

Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets “Scared to death” New York Residents the Day Before the Aerial Parade over Hudson River

“Anyone know why two fighter jets flew loud and low from TF Green around noon today? It literally shook my… Read More

5 years ago

Check Out these Epic Photos featuring Red Arrows, Thunderbirds, F-22 and F-35 Demo Teams flying in formation above New York

The RAF Red Arrows and USAF Thunderbirds display teams were joined by a formation of the F-22 Raptor Demo Team… Read More

5 years ago

The Blue Angels F11F Back-to-Back Pass that thrilled SAC General Curtis Lemay

General Curtis LeMay threw his cigar down and said, ‘I don’t believe this.’ The Blue Angels traded the F9F-8 Cougar… Read More

5 years ago

Captain Marvel Movie pays tribute to Fallen Thunderbird, Air Force Heritage, and Aviation History

One airman whom Captain Marvel crew met at Nellis in 2018 was Thunderbirds pilot Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno, the… Read More

5 years ago

Pilot’s G-LOC behind last April F-16 Thunderbird crash

After transitioning into a descending half-loop maneuver (Split-S) Major Stephen Del Bagno experienced a G-LOC becoming completely incapacitated for a period… Read More

6 years ago