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Aviation Photo #1465418 General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon (401) - USA - Air Force

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Thunderbird # 2 passes #3 on his taxi to the threshold. Next to the large #2 sticker on the fuselage is a "remove before flight" tag. I guess the maintainers missed that one before the flight.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    USA - Air Force
    General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon (401)
    General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (401)
    General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (401)
    General Dynamics
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    Houston - Ellington Field (AFB)
    Texas
    USA
    October 24, 2008
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Anonymous
10 years ago
Beautiful shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I can't believe that the Thunderbirds' elite maintainers made such a mistake... Wonderful shot though!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The maintainers didn't make a mistake. The safety pin is removed at the end of runway area before takeoff.
Anonymous
9 years ago
I saw this one time at an airshow and thought the same thing, but then i was able to see thunderbird ground crew out at the end of the runway making last minute checks, at that time they took the "Remove Before Flight" tags off, I believe they also re-attach them after the aircraft land, but before they start to taxi back to their main parking area.

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