RedArrows
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Usaf Thunderbirds,are They Over Rated?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:24 am

Ok so,saw the Thunderbirds yesterday after months of anticipation and I have to say I was dissapointed.I dont doubt their skill,their close formation flying is excellent,but in terms of excitement,I found them a bit flat,I'd much rather watch The Blades or Red Arrows.So what do you guys think,I'll no doubt get many people oposing my oppinions but I find them highly over rated and nowhere near the best in the world
 
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RE: Usaf Thunderbirds,are They Over Rated?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:22 am

You'll find the Snowbirds on the top of my list   

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RE: Usaf Thunderbirds,are They Over Rated?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:15 am

Snowbirds are great....T-Birds create alot of noise and then there are the Blues.
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RE: Usaf Thunderbirds,are They Over Rated?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:20 am

I have seen both the Blue Angles and Thunderbirds and the Blue Angles are by far the better of the 2.
 
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RE: Usaf Thunderbirds,are They Over Rated?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:38 pm

I watched the T-birds several years a go when they performed at the Air Fete at RAF Mildenhall.
I, too, join the club of those who say: "Their flying is very good, but the overall show is lacking somehow".
It is difficult with only 6 ships to create the same "density" (I lack a better word here) of the show as it is possible with 8, 9 or 10 ships.
Furthermore, but this probably is my very own view of the things, I found the commentary way too focussed onto national pride. There is nothing wrong in national pride, but it also can be overdone (worst example I ever encountered was a very !!! enthusiastic announcer of the Italian Frecce Tricolori at some RIAT at RAF Fairford).

At present, Patrouille Suisse and Red Arrows make the top of my personal list of Precision Flying Teams with 6 and more ships (I have not experienced the Blue Angels and the Snowbirds yet).
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RE: Usaf Thunderbirds,are They Over Rated?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:16 pm

Quoting HT (Reply 4):
probably is my very own view of the things, I found the commentary way too focussed onto national pride. There is nothing wrong in national pride, but it also can be overdone

I have a ton of national pride even if it is a bit tarnished lately but that is for another site!!!!

Keep in mind that the both of The U.S. Military Flight Teams are recruiting magnets and focus much of their commentary based upon getting folks very excited and filled with national pride during their performances.
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RE: Usaf Thunderbirds,are They Over Rated?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:40 pm

Quoting RedArrows (Thread starter):
So what do you guys think,I'll no doubt get many people oposing my oppinions but I find them highly over rated

Once they get into the air they are really, really good (although I like Frecce Tricolori or Patrouille de France style of aerobatics better) - but that uberpatriotic stuff the Thunderbirds pilots and staff perform on the ground is just sooo cheesy. I know it's primarily aimed at domestic audience and it will appeal to them but abroad it's just looks so funny.
 
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RE: Usaf Thunderbirds,are They Over Rated?

Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:34 am

Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 1):
You'll find the Snowbirds on the top of my list

Second that notion. Big grin
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