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Five of Six - USAF Thunderbirds

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In this image, all 6 USAF Thunderbird F-16 Falcons were flying a tight formation at the end of the Chicago Air and Water Show. You can't see the sixth plane as its cut out by the edge of the frame. The Chicago Air and Water Show is a great day at North Ave Beach for the whole family. The Thunderbirds alternate years with the Blue Angeles - Since 2011 was the Thunderbirds; 2012 will feature the US Navy Blue Angels.


2011 Thunderbird Officers


#1 Commander Leader

Lt Col Case Cunningham


#2 Left Wing

Capt Ryan Riley


#3 Right Wing

Maj John Gallemore


#4 Slot

Capt Nicholas Holmes


#5 Lead Solo

Maj Aaron Jelinek


#6 Opposing Solo

Maj JR Williams


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Shot with Canon 7d and 100-400L

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Taken on August 21, 2011