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Under the guidance of U.S.A.F. Major T. Dyon Douglas (Lead Solo), Thunderbird #5 makes a high alpha pass at the 2009 Cleveland National Air Show. This Thunderbird spends most of its demonstration time upside down, hence the upside down '5' behind the air intake.

Ruffle some feathers....

2009 Cleveland National Air Show -- September 6th, 2009

F-16 Fighting Falcon (Wikipedia)

The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force. Designed as a lightweight, daytime Visual Flight Rules (VFR) fighter, it evolved into a successful multirole aircraft. The Falcon's versatility is a paramount reason it has proven a success on the export market, having been selected to serve in the air forces of 25 nations.[2] The F-16 is the largest Western jet fighter program with over 4,400 aircraft built since production was approved in 1976.[2] Though no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, advanced versions are still being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation,[3] which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.[4]

The Fighting Falcon is a dogfighter with numerous innovations including a frameless, bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while under high g-forces, and reclined seat to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot. The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and has 11 hardpoints for mounting various missiles, bombs and pods. It was also the first fighter aircraft deliberately built to sustain 9-g turns. It has a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than one, providing power to climb and accelerate vertically — if necessary.[1] Although the F-16's official name is "Fighting Falcon", it is known to its pilots as the "Viper", due to it resembling a cobra snake and after the Battlestar Galactica starfighter.[5][6][7] It is used by the Thunderbirds air demonstration team.

The F-16 is scheduled to remain in service with the U.S. Air Force until 2025.[8] The planned replacement is the F-35 Lightning II, which will gradually begin replacing a number of multirole aircraft among the air arms of the program's member nations.

Source: Wikipedia

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  1. {}+*^ [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    A fantastic shot of this super air craft...you know how to shoot airplanes and cars superbly, Craig!

  2. c-h-l (chapter closed, goodbye!) 75 months ago | reply

    fantastic shot! the level of detail is excellent!

  3. BellaLago 75 months ago | reply

    Craig, another superb catch - excellent quality and detail! I can't imagine the force and power. These monsters must be something to watch in person!

  4. Anthony Hoo Photography [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    Love the thunderbirds mate... they stopped by where I lived just last Saturday. Awesome shoW! What lens do you use?

  5. Cygnus~X1 - Visions by Sorenson 75 months ago | reply

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

    Gary: It sounds like they will be covering our area pretty good next year. I am looking forward to Mt. Comfort and finding you this time! :-) Thank you!

    Bella: Thank you! They are a fantastic show to watch in person! They are currently scheduled to be at the Dayton Air Show next year...not too awful far from Cincinnati! :-)

    Anthony: Thank you! 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM with a 2x Extender.

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  6. BellaLago 75 months ago | reply

    I am SO going there next year! Remind me, ok?! :)

  7. Cygnus~X1 - Visions by Sorenson 75 months ago | reply

    Bella: It is July 17th and 18th...and I will do my best to remind you!

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  8. haikus* 75 months ago | reply

    Spectacular shot indeed!

  9. coxy2001 75 months ago | reply

    absolutely stunning shot

  10. biggimote 75 months ago | reply

    Very good shot.

  11. Archangel27 75 months ago | reply

    Really spectacular capture, Craig! I'm really impressed how sharp your photographs have turned out even though you lose two stops with the 2x extender. I think I may have to consider a set-up close to yours once I get my career set.

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  12. The Bartender 007 75 months ago | reply

    Awesome speed shot !!

  13. gary syrba 75 months ago | reply

    Wow! Looks like this guy was just 50 feet overhead! Cool shot!

  14. BOB008 75 months ago | reply

    Pin sharp !! Superb capture !

  15. ♥ Midnight ☆ Stardust ♥ 75 months ago | reply

    Thunderbirds are go!! The modern version...a very cool and shiny new toy for the pilot! Perfect angle!!

  16. Trig::Photographie 74 months ago | reply

    Breathtakingly awesome Craig!!

    An instant fave!!

  17. Archer Art~SJ Arredondo 74 months ago | reply

    This angle shows off the jet's style to a tee!

  18. ice-ventura 72 months ago | reply

    superbe shoot !

  19. kgka00 71 months ago | reply

    great capture, nice timing!:)

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