The main performers at Thunder Over Dover were the Air Force Thunderbirds. The aerial demonstration put on by them was outstanding. I will be breaking it down into several posts due to the large number of photos I took of their performance.
The Thunderbirds take off from Dover.
Thunderbird 6 performs a full power take off and levels out over the runway.
After taking off, Thunderbird 6 climbs and performs a roll.
Thunderbird 5 climbs after performing a full power take off.
In part 3 of my series on the Thunder Over Dover Airshow, I detail the aerial demonstrations put on by the C-17 Globemaster III and the C-5 Super Galaxy, both of which are operated out of this base by the 436th Airlift Wing and the 512th Airlift Wing.
a C-17 Globemaster III taxis to the runway during Thunder Over Dover
C-17 Globemaster III
the C-17 performs a full power take off from Dover
The C-17 makes a pass over the flight line
Upon landing, full reverse thrust is applied to shorten the landing distance. This is strong enough to push the jet backwards after coming to a full stop.
Over the weekend of August 26, I attended the Dover Air Force Base open house, displaying a wide variety of aircraft and aerial demonstrations, including The U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds. This was a fantastic show put on by the base, and around 50,000 people came out to see it. I’ve decided to split this into multiple posts because of the large amount of images I took at this event.
For Part One, I’ll show the many static displays that were present at the air show. A number of these planes ended up flying later on in the show.
an A-10 parked on the ramp at Dover AFB
B1-B Bomber “Star of Abilene II”
Star of Abilene II
FM-2 Wildcat owned by the Commemorative Air Force
SBD Dauntless, owned by the Commemorative Air Force
P-51 “Red Nose”
The nose of a T-6 Texan
Sea Harrier, owned by Nalls Aviation. This is the only privately owned flight worthy Sea Harrier in the world.