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Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:48 pm

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?

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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:50 am

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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:55 am

From the Dayton Air Show...
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:58 am

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?

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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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:28 am

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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Togeth

Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:36 am

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

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[Edited 2006-08-14 02:38:03]
 
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:09 pm

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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:06 pm

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.
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:45 am

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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Tue Aug 15, 2006 5:51 am

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.
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:53 am

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!
 
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:53 pm

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

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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:51 pm

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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:10 pm

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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Thu May 03, 2007 9:49 am

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.
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Fri May 04, 2007 7:31 am

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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Fri May 04, 2007 11:56 am

Quoting Nbgskygod (Reply 18):
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Fri May 04, 2007 1:09 pm

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

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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Fri May 04, 2007 1:15 pm

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.
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Fri May 04, 2007 9:05 pm

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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:40 am

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...
 
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:46 am



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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Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:52 am


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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:33 pm

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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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:50 pm



Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 23):

Sorry, that's the Red Arrows and the Blue Angels of course. I misread the OP's question.
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:05 pm



Quoting Halls120 (Reply 15):
The F-4 were the least impressive.

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 it was an impressive show, though the team had to allow more altitude for the looping manuevers. I didn't get to see them perform in the Thunderchief but sure would have liked to.

Admittedly, when a team uses jet trainers instead of fighters, it's easier to keep an airplane in front of the crowd nearly all the time; not nearly as easy when you're using high performance fighters. And the reduced noise level of jet trainers does appeal to a lot of people.
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Togeth

Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:34 pm



Quoting Moose135 (Reply 22):
That was the Quebec City Air Show, in June 2008, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.

I found the pic I was looking for! It was on the Thunderbirds page in Wikipedia (of all places).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/44/2008_Quebec_4-ship.jpg
 
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:02 pm



Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 24):

Think I remember that show with a A10 and a P51 doing a show at the same time as well.
 
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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:00 am

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 don't recall which aircraft the teams were flying.

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RE: Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Ever Flown Together?

Sat Aug 29, 2009 5:12 am

I thought both teams got together at the end of each show season and did a private show for family members and military personnel?

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