Thunder Over Dover 2017; Thunderbirds Part Two

Part two detailing the Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration at Thunder Over Dover 2017.

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The Thunderbird Diamond makes a pass.

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Thunderbird 6 performs a pass over the flight line.

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Thunderbird 5 flies along the flight line.

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The Thunderbird Solo’s perform the Calypso Pass.

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Thunder Over Dover 2017; Thunderbirds Part One

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.

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The Thunderbirds take off from Dover.

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Thunderbird 6 performs a full power take off and levels out over the runway.

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After taking off, Thunderbird 6 climbs and performs a roll.

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Thunderbird 5 climbs after performing a full power take off.

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The Thunderbird Diamond makes a formation pass.

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Thunder Over Dover; Part Five

In part five of this series, I detail some of the other aerial demonstrations put on by the performers at Thunder Over Dover.

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Pitts Viper performs in front of the crowd at Dover

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Pitts Viper upon landing at the end of the routine

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An HH-65 prepares to lower the rescue swimmer during a demonstration at Dover. This particular helicopter flew in from Atlantic City, New Jersey that day.

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The HH-65 lifts the rescue swimmer at the close of the demonstration. It would fly back to Atlantic City after this was completed.

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the Sea Harrier FA2 takes off from Dover. This is the only privately owned airworthy example of this aircraft.

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The Sea Harrier hovers over the runway at Dover.

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The Sea Harrier taxis after landing.

Thunder Over Dover 2017; Part Four

In part four of this series, I’ll show the aerial demonstration put on by the “Pacific Prowlers”, a group of world war two aircraft owned by the Commemorative Air Force.

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An F4U Corsair makes a pass over the flight line

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A F4F Wildcat makes a pass over the flight line

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A TBD Dauntless makes a pass along the flight line

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The Dauntless and Corsair fly together along the flight line

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The Corsair taxis off the runway after the aerial demonstration

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Folding the wings on the Corsair

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The Wildcat taxis off the runway

 

Thunder Over Dover 2017; Part Three

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.

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a C-17 Globemaster III taxis to the runway during Thunder Over Dover

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C-17 Globemaster III

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the C-17 performs a full power take off from Dover

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The C-17 makes a pass over the flight line

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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.

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the C-5 Super Galaxy taxis to the runway

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the C-5 takes off from Dover

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the C-5 performs a pass over the flight line

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The C-5 lands after its aerial demonstration

 

Thunder Over Dover 2017; Part Two

In part two of my series detailing the airshow at Dover AFB, I’ll be  detailing the  B-25 Mitchell “Panchito”.

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B-25 Panchito sits on the ramp prior to its aerial demonstration

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B-25 Panchito taxis to the runway

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B-25 Panchito taxis to the runway

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B-25 Panchito makes a pass along the flight line

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B-25 Panchito taxis after landing at the close of its aerial demonstration

Thunder Over Dover 2017; Part One

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.

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an A-10 parked on the ramp at Dover AFB

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B1-B Bomber “Star of Abilene II”

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Star of Abilene II

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FM-2 Wildcat owned by the Commemorative Air Force

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SBD Dauntless, owned by the Commemorative Air Force

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P-51 “Red Nose”

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TBM Avenger

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The nose of a T-6 Texan

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Sea Harrier, owned by Nalls Aviation. This is the only privately owned flight worthy Sea Harrier in the world.

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a C-5M sits on the ramp at Dover AFB