USAF Thunderbird #81-0679 is seen from below in 1988 when it was reconfigured to carry ordnance in the so-called 'War Bird project' to check in which time-frame the T-birds could be operational again in their war config. [Photo by SSgt. Chris Allen]
I am not sure how I would react if I was to be on the "receiving" end of this lol. While its cool, I think my initial reaction would be one of laughter, and bewilderment at the face I'm about to be bombed by a White and Blue flashy bird :)
Posted by Scott on Sun 04 Jul 2010 04:20:29 AM CEST
Pilot was Major BJ Java
Photo submitted by USAF Thunderbird, SMSgt Tom Wharton (Retired), photo take by (then) Ssgt Chris Allen - USAF Thunderbird
This event was a Thunderbird first, the re-conf occurred within the 72 hour time frame alloted by (then) TAC Standards for the USAF Thunderbird Team for war readiness efforts. This event has not been duplicated since...the pilot BJ Jave claimed "shack" on his first run, that was confirmed.
Amazing event considering the aircraft required lots of maintenance efforts by all assigned to the team at that time.
Posted by Meathook on Wed 03 Jun 2009 01:32:11 AM CEST