Spacepope
Topic Author
Posts: 3334
Joined: Tue Dec 28, 1999 11:10 am

Thunderbirds And Tankers

Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:26 pm

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?
The last of the famous international playboys
 
SATL382G
Posts: 2679
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2004 12:02 am

RE: Thunderbirds And Tankers

Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:39 am

Are you sure the 135 wasn't part of the display or that the 16s weren't doing some opportune proficiency training? Lots of possible explanations other than the F-16s needed gas.....

I'd take a WAG and say they were doing a special display for the Grad Ceremony.....

[Edited 2005-06-03 17:43:49]
"There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as being shot at and missed" --Winston Churchill
 
Venus6971
Posts: 1415
Joined: Tue Dec 14, 2004 1:55 pm

RE: Thunderbirds And Tankers

Sat Jun 04, 2005 1:17 am

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.
I would help you but it is not in the contract
 
Spacepope
Topic Author
Posts: 3334
Joined: Tue Dec 28, 1999 11:10 am

RE: Thunderbirds And Tankers

Sat Jun 04, 2005 8:33 am

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!
The last of the famous international playboys
 
User avatar
f4wso
Posts: 942
Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2003 1:58 pm

RE: Thunderbirds And Tankers

Sat Jun 04, 2005 11:07 am

Sounds like since they had to sequence with the end of commencement, they had to take gas to make sure they don't bingo out in the middle of their demonstration.
Gary
Seeking an honest week's pay for an honest day's work
 
DeltaGuy
Posts: 3965
Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2001 5:25 am

RE: Thunderbirds And Tankers

Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:10 am

Or to make sure they didn't plant em in the dirt like they did at Mountain Home...USAFA already has enough a/c on display!  Silly

DeltaGuy
"The cockpit, what is it?" "It's the little room in the front of the plane where the pilot sits, but that's not importan

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: TheF15Ace and 1 guest

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos