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Aviation Week & Space Technology

Aviation Week Flies With The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds


ANDREWS AFB – Aviation Week’s Pentagon Editor Lara Seligman flew in the backseat of U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 Sept. 13 for an up-close-and-personal look at the Thunderbirds’ show routine. "We got a little dizzy doing a quadruple aileron roll, flew upside-down during the inverted-to-inverted pass, pushed through the intense, high-G 'max-turn half Cuban eight' and more," said Lara. 

Watch as Lara joins Thunderbird No. 7 Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, a career F-16 pilot, as he runs through the Thunderbirds’ best-known maneuvers one by one in the skies over the eastern U.S. This is Walsh's last year with the Thunderbirds—next up he is hoping to become squadron commander at Osan AFB, South Korea.  

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