EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 32399 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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EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 32358 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?
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.
Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32378 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.
FlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 32062 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.
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.
RC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 31993 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!
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12181 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 31877 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.
Flyboyseven From Canada, joined Feb 2007, 905 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 31019 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.
As long as the number of take-offs equals the number of landings...you're doing fine.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 25130 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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: Sorry, that's the Red Arrows and the Blue Angels of course. I misread the OP's question.
: 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
: I found the pic I was looking for! It was on the Thunderbirds page in Wikipedia (of all places).
: Think I remember that show with a A10 and a P51 doing a show at the same time as well.
: 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.
: 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