Air to Air with the USAF Thunderbirds

I was preparing for an air to air photo shoot that I have coming up and came across these old shots.  Not sure if anyone actually reads this blog, but on the off chance you do, Enjoy!

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During the last Moffett Field Airshow, I had a chance to go up with the 196th ARS “Grizzlies” from the 163 ARW based at March AFB to refuel a couple of planes enroute to the show.  Well, when we got there, we found out that it was the USAF Thunderbirds.  Definitely a rarity as you won’t see many shots of them doing air to air or taking off the KC-135.

So we flew out from Moffett Field and rendezvoused with them somewhere over Nevada on an unknown refueling track. They flew up directly from their home base of Nellis AFB.  One by one these shiny red, white and blue F-16s made contact with our KC-135 and gobbled up thousands of pounds of gas.

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And of course them being the fine performers that they are, they treated us to a beautiful formation of the famous Thunderbird Diamond.

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Hope you enjoyed! 🙂  Thanks for looking.

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