Monday, July 11, 2005

US Air Force Thunderbirds


Since before he could talk, really since he could point and grunt, our son Russell has been nuts about airplanes. That's what brings us back year after year to the Wings Over Pittsburgh air show at the 911th near Pittsburgh International Airport.

Stuck in traffic on the way to the show on Sunday (which seems to be getting more and more popular every year), we were treated to bi-plane stunt maneuvers, and fly-over by some of the military's most sophisticated fighter jets. In fact, traffic was so bad this year that we never made it onto the tarmac for the main show, but we did get there in time to see the United States Air Force Thunderbirds perform.

When the team of F-16s flies overhead close enough to the ground for you to read the markings and feel the force of the engine vibrations you pulse quickens. To see them fly, first in such close proximity to each other, and then in such close proximity at each other is awe inspiring. Awe for the technology that allows the planes to climb vertically so far so fast and roll, bank and curve so quickly, and awe at the abilities of the men and women that pilot the jets.

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