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Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?  
User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 17
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 32187 times:

Have the Blues and the T-Birds ever performed at the same time or flown in formation together? If so does anybody have any pics?

Thanks
DL757Md


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 32240 times:

Funny you mention that... Back in the mid 80's we moved to Maine very close to the Brunswick NAS. Needless to say I was excited about going to my first airshow and see the Blue Angles fly in my own backyard....literly. Well I got to the show early and a few minutes later the Thunderbirds came screaming over the show line in the diamond formation...smoke on..!! It was pretty cool. Well after the they left the area and the 'Blues' did their show I overheard one of the Blue Angel pilots say that the day before they buzzed the 'T-Birds' down at the Pease AFB...a short flight away...during their autograph session. Turns out it was a little pay-back.

But, yes I think I they have at some of the bigger shows.



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32215 times:

From the Dayton Air Show...
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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 32199 times:

Quoting Dl757md (Thread starter):
Have the Blues and the T-Birds ever performed at the same time or flown in formation together? If so does anybody have any pics?

Thanks
DL757Md

Back when the Thunderbirds were flying F-100s and the Blue Angels were flying F11F-1 Tigers, the two teams got together at Nellis AFB; don't recall the year and I don't know how often that happened. Don't know that the Thunderbirds ever made a reciprocal visit to Pensacola.



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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 32219 times:

Not too long ago...last year sometime...the Angels had the Thunderbirds and Canadian Snowbirds both at their homebase in NPA and all three did practice runs together during the week. It was pretty wild to see all 3 teams going at it.


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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 32147 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 2):
From the Dayton Air Show...

Navy guys must love that picture seeing the Blues taxiing by a T-bird that appears to be down for mx

Edit:



[Edited 2006-08-14 02:38:03]

User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 32016 times:

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 5):
Edit:

well I think that proves it... the Blue Angels definitely have the BEST paint job of any flight demo team in the world



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User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 31986 times:

Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 7):
well I think that proves it... the Blue Angels definitely have the BEST paint job of any flight demo team in the world

Check out the RAF Red Arrows for an impressive paint scheme.
 Wink


User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 31903 times:

Quoting RC135U (Reply 8):
Check out the RAF Red Arrows for an impressive paint scheme.

True, theirs does look pretty nice. But the downside is that they only fly trainer aircraft. Maybe if they flew tornado's or whatever other front-line fighter the UK has, then maybe it would look better.



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 31871 times:

Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 10):

What I think would be the cat's a$$ would be a Harrier demo team. Can you imagine 6 Harriers 'Bowing' in front of the audience in sync?

I saw the Blues performing @ Air and water in Chicago in 97 and the t-bird pilots were in the audience. Very odd seeing 6 studly guys in t-bird flight suits walking amongst mortals like nothing was going on.


User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 31834 times:

Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 10):
True, theirs does look pretty nice. But the downside is that they only fly trainer aircraft.

The Red Arrows put on an awesome display with their trainers, as do the Snowbirds. Not that many years ago the Thunderbirds used T-38s and the Blues flew the fairly diminutive A-4 Scooter. I have to admit it's more exciting to see front-line aircraft put through their paces - I'm old enough to have been able to see both the T-Birds and Blues perform in F-4's. Talk about some heavy iron!


User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 31812 times:

Yup, and they will again in Atlantic City at the airshow there on the 23rd. Can't wait for that!

Mike


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 31718 times:

The only time I know the T-Birds and Blues actually flew a demo in public together was in NYC, on 4 July 1976, during the US Bi-Cenntenial. The Thunderbirds flew T-38s and the Blue Angles flew A-4s at the time. IIRC, since Thunderbird One was a higher ranking officer (both commanders were O-5s, but the USAF LtCol had more time in grade), he was lead for the demo.

I believe both units did about a week of training together before they flew the demo.


User currently offlineFlyboyseven From Canada, joined Feb 2007, 905 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 30860 times:

Quoting RC135U (Reply 12):
I have to admit it's more exciting to see front-line aircraft put through their paces

I have to say that in my opinion, the trainers provide a much more exiting show. Granted they cant take of straight up, but they can be back over the crowd a lot faster. The snowbirds have a rule that there must be jets over the crow every 7 seconds or less. They follow that rule. It would be cool to see some true modern fighters though. Sorry for going off topic.



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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1991 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 30853 times:

Quoting Flyboyseven (Reply 15):

Personally I think the Tutor is the best a/c for formation flying teams. Because the a/c has the strait wing it looks alot sharper when in formation.



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 30500 times:

Quoting RC135U (Reply 12):
I'm old enough to have been able to see both the T-Birds and Blues perform in F-4's. Talk about some heavy iron!

Since my back yard growing up was a Naval Air Station, I've seen the Blues fly the F-11, A-4, F-4, and F-18. The F-4 were the least impressive.

Sad that they lost one. It's a dangerous business they are in.


User currently offlineNbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 832 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 30381 times:

I am not 100% certain, but I seem to recal that the Thunderchickens and Blue Angels flew together for the final airshow at El Toro in '97.


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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 30333 times:

Quoting Nbgskygod (Reply 18):
Thunderchickens

I hope you got your flame suit on  flamed 


User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 30321 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 19):
I hope you got your flame suit on flamed

I'll let it slide. I mean what can you expect except ignorance from a Navy guy  Wink

DISCLAIMER: I'm kidding. I stationed with the Navy and if it weren't for USN personnel I would have washed out already.


User currently offlineCF188A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 30317 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 11):
What I think would be the cat's a$$ would be a Harrier demo team

I could not IMAGINE the cost and support needed to operate 6 AV8Bs. But yes, It would be great to see a Marine Corps demo team as they train some of the best pilots in the world.


User currently offlineNbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 832 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 30283 times:

Quoting KevinSmith (Reply 20):
DISCLAIMER: I'm kidding. I stationed with the Navy and if it weren't for USN personnel I would have washed out already.

I guess I can't give the Chair Farce too much of a hard time...they did give me the only award I recieved while I was in the Navy. A Safety Award, and a ride in an F-15B.



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User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 25190 times:

I recently seen a pic of a T-Bird, Blue Angel, Snowbird and Red Arrow all in formation, in Quebec back in 2007 or 2006 for some centenary, or bi something or other...

User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2381 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 25139 times:



Quoting Oroka (Reply 21):
I recently seen a pic of a T-Bird, Blue Angel, Snowbird and Red Arrow all in formation, in Quebec back in 2007 or 2006 for some centenary, or bi something or other...

That was the Quebec City Air Show, in June 2008, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.

http://www.snowbirds.forces.gc.ca/v2...mages/webrez/4_aircraft_Quebec.jpg



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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3995 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 25088 times:


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Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 2006.

Peter Smile



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 24971 times:

Several years ago I saw the Blues and TBirds together at Patricks AFB, FL. The Blues flew first and #3 had some problem after the dirty loop and he went out over the Atlantic for the next 20 minutes while the other 5 finished the show. They all recovered and then he came in last, catching the arresting wire and then towed back in to the apron. The TBirds then did their show. It was more than cool seeing them at the same airshow, something which I didn't think I was ever going to see.

And I believe they get together annually or semi anually in Nevada for one show.



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25 Ptrjong : Sorry, that's the Red Arrows and the Blue Angels of course. I misread the OP's question.
26 EBJ1248650 : There are those who would agree with you and those who wouldn't. At one time, for a short period, the Thunderbirds flew the F-105B and I understand i
27 Post contains links and images Oroka : I found the pic I was looking for! It was on the Thunderbirds page in Wikipedia (of all places).
28 JoseKMLB : Think I remember that show with a A10 and a P51 doing a show at the same time as well.
29 Cadet985 : If you do a search on this forum, about one or 2 years ago, someone posted a picture of all 6 Blue Angels and all 6 Thunderbirds in a joint formation.
30 Tiger119 : I thought both teams got together at the end of each show season and did a private show for family members and military personnel? David
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