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Thunderbirds deliver as expected

Rigorous credentials, training typify these aerobatic experts


August 3, 2017

Paul Delaney

There were many displays of hold-your-breath flying by the Thunderbirds that captured the attention of the crowds at Skyfest 2017.

The wait appeared to be worth it for the 10s of thousands of people who endured long lines and brutal heat to step inside Fairchild Air Force Base last weekend for the Skyfest air show which celebrated the base's 75th birthday.

Having the Thunderbirds' United States Air Force's demonstration flying team as the crowning act each day can make almost anything bearable.

They are, and were, breathtaking as the six F-16 Fighting Falcons flew either in incredible tight wingtip-to-wingtip formations, or in other arrays that included racing at one another from opposite ends of the runway at over 500...

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