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  • Report: Thunderbirds pilot killed in crash lost consciousness in high-G maneuver

    10/16/2018 3:25:03 PM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies | Oct. 16, 2018 | Stephen Losey
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  • F-16 jet crashes at Nellis Air Force Base outside Las Vegas, officials say

    04/04/2018 1:59:19 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 4th, 2018
    An Air Force F-16 jet crashed Wednesday at Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas, defense officials told Fox News. The status of the pilot, or pilots, was not immediately clear. In a statement, the Air Force said, “Emergency responders are on the scene. As soon as additional details become available, they will be provided. The accident is under investigation." The jet crashed around 10:30 a.m. during routine training at Nevada Test and Training Range, officials said.
  • Thunderbird pilot killed in crash

    04/05/2018 11:51:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    The U.S. Air Force is grieving the loss of one of its own after a Thunderbirds training flight went tragically wrong. A Thunderbird pilot crashed during a demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas. The team says it was a routine flight and are now looking into what could have caused the crash. The accident came just a few days before the team was scheduled to perform at the March Field Air & Space Expo at March Air Reserve Base in California. In light of the tragedy, the performance has been canceled.
  • Thunderbirds Commander Fired for 'Loss of Confidence'

    11/30/2017 11:40:47 AM PST · by JP1201 · 33 replies
    The commander of the Air Force Thunderbirds has been relieved of command due to loss of confidence in his leadership, the service announced. With the season complete, Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing commander, relieved Lt. Col. Jason Heard of overseeing the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, Air Combat Command said in a release.
  • F-16 Thunderbird crashes, flips over at Dayton International Airport

    06/23/2017 5:27:02 PM PDT · by pfflier · 34 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | /Ty Greenlees/WHIO
    DAYTON, Ohio -- A military plane that was practicing for an air show in heavy fog has crashed at an airport in Ohio, officials said Friday. CBS affiliate WHIO-TV reports an F-16 Thunderbird crashed and overturned shortly before 1 p.m. at the end of a runway at Dayton International Airport. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds confirmed crew members were "conducting a familiarization flight" and "there was a mishap upon landing."
  • Thunderbird F-16 plane flips on its top at Dayton Air Show

    06/23/2017 11:45:00 AM PDT · by WayneM · 10 replies
    WHIO ^ | 23JUN17 |
    UPDATE @ 2:38 p.m. From Thunderbirds Facebook page: “The United States Air Force Thunderbirds were conducting a single-ship familiarization flight on Friday June 23, 2017. Upon landing there was a mishap at the Dayton International Airport with an F-16D Fighting Falcon at approximately 12:20 p.m. Emergency services are on the scene. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”
  • USAF Thunderbirds flight June 23. Landing mishap at 12:20 p.m. More info to come...

    06/23/2017 11:45:46 AM PDT · by johnk · 36 replies ^ | June 23, 2017 | By Paul Rodzinka
    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A plane is on its top at the Dayton International Airport. The incident happened shortly before 12:30 pm at the Dayton International Airport where aircraft and crews are practicing for the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The Thunderbirds posted a statement on Twitter about the incident: USAF Thunderbirds were conducting a familiarization flight June 23. There was a mishap upon landing at 12:20 p.m. More info to come. — Thunderbirds (@AFThunderbirds) June 23, 2017 Montgomery County dispatchers tell 2 NEWS a plane has run off the end of the runway and is now upside down. Wright-Patterson Air...
  • 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...