Taken at 2019 Dayton Air Show, the cool video in this post features 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. According to the Team Official Facebook Page, this is done before every demonstration to ensure nothing is loose in the cockpit and the maneuvers can be performed safely.
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, performs precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft to people throughout the world. The squadron exhibits the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft.
A Thunderbirds air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The four-aircraft diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the solo aircraft highlight the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The pilots perform approximately 30 maneuvers in a demonstration. The entire show, including ground and air, runs about an hour and fifteen minutes. The season lasts from March to November, with the winter months used to train new members.
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