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Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 8:16 am
by sashobest
The USAF Thunderbirds had a mid-air incident during flyover at Los Angeles on May 15, when #6 Opposing Solo pilot Michelle Curran, left delta formation after an unexpected maneuver from the team’s leader, Thunderbird #1 Lt. Col. John Caldwell.
The incident was record on video, shot from a helicopter from Bloomberg.
The whole article and video here:
https://aerobaticteams.net/en/news/i310 ... ay-15.html

Re: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 1:42 pm
by flee
Thunderbird #6 Opposing Solo pilot is Capt. Kyle Oliver. Maj. Michelle Curran is piloting #5 Lead Solo in the 2020 team.

Team members: http://afthunderbirds.com/site/members/Officers/

Re: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 2:10 pm
by LyleLanley
Bird strike

Re: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 4:46 pm
by 747classic
LyleLanley wrote:
Bird strike


So, after a birdstrike, you just proceed with the airshow (fly-over), without knowing the possible damage.
SOP would be : return to base for inspection (safety first !)

Re: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 5:15 pm
by LyleLanley
747classic wrote:
LyleLanley wrote:
Bird strike


So, after a birdstrike, you just proceed with the airshow (fly-over), without knowing the possible damage.
SOP would be : return to base for inspection (safety first !)


Yeah, sorry about that. I should've read the topic more. The bird strike was in Las Vegas and the jet returned to Nellis whilst the 5-ship completed their flyover. This event I've got no clue.

Just watched a video of the flyover. #6 seemed to be moving around a lot throughout the formation. #5 was pretty solid, but 6 seemed all over the place.

Edit: here's the full vid: https://youtu.be/OWCiU-Rskzo. Fast forward to 15:00 for the incident in question.

Re: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 5:58 pm
by flee

Re: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 10:05 am
by zanl188
That made for an interesting debrief.....