Friday, May 29, 2009

Thunderbirds



May 27th was the final day of the Air Force Academy graduation ceremonies for which the US Air Force Thunderbirds puts on a demonstration.

I live fairly close to the AFA. On Monday and Tuesday, I got to watch the Thunderbirds practicing from my office. Those two days were very overcast and did not lend itself to photographing the planes. Luckily, Wednesday was a beautiful, fairly cloudless day.

I found a place at a small park where I had decent 360 degree view of the sky. I thought I would be under the fly path, but I was a bit off. There was a huge crowd at the park, including a number of people with very large lenses.

I've been to an Air Force football game where they have a fly-over at half-time. That was impressive. I can't imagine how impressive it is to be in Falcon stadium during this 45-min show...

Be sure to fly over to Skywatch Friday for other great views of the sky.

10 comments:

VALKYRIEN said...

Oh my - that was really watching the sky! Fantastic shots all of them! So close you captured some of them! Wow!

SandyCarlson said...

Astounding. These are just wonderful.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

What amazing shots! Just wonderful.

system operator said...

I think the trails make really interesting photos and I can see the speed and hear the thunder when they roam on the sky.

Pretty funny if they really are named Thunderbirds, as the old tv-scifi-series:D I used to watch it as a kid...

Lisa Wilson said...

These are wonderful!! I love the first one.

island timer said...

Wow - what a lovely set of images you have here.
Really made me feel like I was there!

ms toast burner said...

Fantastic set of shots there, Russ!

David C. said...

Wow!

T and S said...

Stunning action series, the clear blue skies adds to the magical action.

Russ said...

Thanks everyone!