Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2808 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1373 times:
I was watching the T-birds form up for their demonstration at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. All 6 were tooling around for a bit, then formed up with a KC-135R and took on gas before they left for the show. I was observing at a turn point that was basically one mountain ridge behind the academy (at work..). Is this common for a display team to do, or was this just because of the low internal fuel capacity of the F-16?
Venus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1321 times:
The T-birds F-16 are slicked down with no external stores, it probably did take on fuel from a 135, I was at the graduation from the AFA last year when GWB did the conmencement speech and I noticed the T-Bird PA officer and the narrator in the crowd waiting to give the word to the team when it was time to begin, with the handing out of diplomas all times are approximate along with the conmencement speech but they got the timing down perfect.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2808 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1265 times:
They were definitely taking on gas, as they were nowhere close to being visible to the ceremonies, and one was always on the boom. The solos later chased down the tanker between Woodland Park and Divide..
I wish I had my camera for the sight! 7 aircraft flying so close together was incredible!