gocaps16
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Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:49 pm

When was the last time, if any, the T-Birds performed in Asia? They're performing in Japan and Korea in mid-October, according to the Air Force. Since this will be my 3rd Airshow here, and besides watching the boring Base Commander flying his F-16 doing nothing but fly-by's and high-speed pass, it'll be nice to see something different, in some case, the Thunderbirds.
 
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:57 am



Quoting GOCAPS16 (Thread starter):
They're performing in Japan and Korea in mid-October

Oohh! Can you tell me when and where???
 
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:56 pm

And also strongly rumoured to be in Australia at Townsville Air Show late September

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Thread starter):
When was the last time, if any, the T-Birds performed in Asia?

Can't speak for the rest of Asia but they appeared in Australia sometime in the '90s IIRC

The Thunderbirds website schedule lists-

2009 Far East Tour

Sep 20-21 --- Hickham AFB HI
Sep 21-Oct 21 ---Locations TBA
Oct 23-25 --- Seoul Korea

Seems plenty of time in that month for a show or two in Oz and a few in Japan

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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:27 am

When's the last time the Blue Angels did an overseas tour? Are they planning one for the end of this season as well, or perhaps next year?
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:21 pm



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 2):
Sep 21-Oct 21 ---Locations TBA

Sept 30 ---- Andersen AFB, GU
 
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:12 pm



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 2):
2009 Far East Tour

Sep 20-21 --- Hickham AFB HI
Sep 21-Oct 21 ---Locations TBA
Oct 23-25 --- Seoul Korea

Seems plenty of time in that month for a show or two in Oz and a few in Japan



Quoting Jgarrido (Reply 4):
Sept 30 ---- Andersen AFB, GU

Well that basically seems to leave only Oct 1st - Oct 23 for appearances in Japan. In that timeframe there will be JASDF airshows on...

Sat 10th - Komaki
Mon 12th - Gifu
Sat 17th - Hamamatsu
Sun 18th - Misawa

So which ones will the T-Birds be at?? All of them??
 
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:23 am

From the RAAF Website regarding the Defence Airshow in Townsville on Sep 27 2009

Quote:
The big draw card for the display will be the United States Air Force demonstration Team, ‘The Thunderbirds’, in six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft........The Thunderbirds will be coming from Hawaii to Townsville via Cairns and the coast and will fly out to Guam on Monday 28th September for a Show in Guam then onto Malaysia

For those interested this will also be the last public flying display for the RAAF DHC-4 Caribou and F-111 aircraft

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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:54 am

More on the the Thunderbirds down under.....

http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au...article/2009/08/18/72245_news.html

A slight correction to my last post, the air show will take place on Sat Sep 26 along the Strand which is the beachfront in Townsville. RAAF Townsvile will host an open day on Sun Sep 27.

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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:31 am

Just checked again and the dates all seem to be set.

2009 Asia-Pacific tour dates.....
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Townsville, Australia - 26 Sept 09

Andersen, Guam - 30 Sept 09

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 3 Oct 09

Bangkok, Thailand - 10 Oct 09

Chitose, Japan - 15 Oct 09
Hamamatsu, Japan - 17 Oct 09
Misawa, Japan - 18 Oct 09

Osan, Korea - 21 Oct 09
Seoul, Korea - 23/24/25 Oct 09
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:48 am



Quoting GOCAPS16 (Thread starter):
When was the last time, if any, the T-Birds performed in Asia?



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 3):
When's the last time the Blue Angels did an overseas tour?

- About ten years ago, the 'Birds did an Asian tour and the 'Angels did a European tour. It may have longer than that. One of the cable networks did a couple hour long documentaries on them. The Blues' documentary was hosted by actor/pilot Dennis Quaid and Candice Bergen hosted the one with the Thunderbirds. I want to say it was A&E or Discovery that had them. I have them on VHS and will look for dates when I get off work.

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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:16 am

Townsville happened, and has finished. It was scorching hot, dusty, lots of smoke too - I was sick, but I dragged myself along - got the photos and a horrible dose of sunburn to go with it.

Here are some of the photos (including some others besides the Thunderbirds):












It's also probably the last time the F111 will be seen at any airshow. Quite sad to see it retire. Pigs really do fly!

The Caribou didn't fly - they were all grounded the night before - so one of the HARS Dakota's filled in with a double duty.

[Edited 2009-09-30 04:18:29]
 
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:28 pm

The Thunderbirds are now in SZB.
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:59 pm



Quoting BritJap (Reply 8):
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 3 Oct 09

Hope to be there. Any info about KL airshow?
 
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:52 pm



Quoting Cpd (Reply 10):
Here are some of the photos (including some others besides the Thunderbirds):

Nice photos, mate. If the Thunderbirds brings the sun on the 18th to MSJ, I hope to get some nice shots of them performing.
 
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:26 pm

The Thunderbirds visit the Far East approximately every 5 years or so. They were there in 1995 and again in 2000 (I may be off by 1 year on each of those dates). The T-birds took a breather this decade most likely due to concerns about Muslim extremism after the 9/11 attack and the U.S. response to that attack. This is a great thing to see them back in the Far East visiting a nice range of countries.
 
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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:37 am



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 9):
- About ten years ago, the 'Birds did an Asian tour and the 'Angels did a European tour.



Quoting Navion (Reply 14):
They were there in 1995

- I believe the 1995 tour was the one that was taped for that cable show that was hosted by Candice Bergen.

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RE: Thunderbirds Far East Tour

Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:02 am



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 9):
I have them on VHS and will look for dates when I get off work.



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 15):
I believe the 1995 tour was the one that was taped for that cable show that was hosted by Candice Bergen.

- I just checked the cover of that VHS tape I have and it was produced in 1997.

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