June 07, 2008

Thunderbirds Are GO!

Yes, this is the best I could do today...
Today was a weird weather day for the Duckford AirFest.  Sudden downpours, hot, muggy, and very windy played hob with the schedule.  Out of the shot, about ten or 15 miles in the direction of travel, was a VERY ugly looking storm front, which was headed towards The Pond at a good clip. 

In fact, it was such an ugly looking storm, that the Thunderbirds ended their (roughly hour-long) program after about 20 minutes.  Good thing, too: about five minutes after they landed, just as I made it back to Pond Central,  it became as night and the rain began to bucket down.

Even before that, though, I pretty much knew that I wasn't going to get any pictures as interesting as last year's.  The Thunderbirds' F-16 is smaller than the F/A-18 flown by the Blue Angels, seemed to be flying higher than last year's show, and the mostly white colorscheme did nothing to make them stand out against the low-ish clouds.  Hopefully Sunday will be a nicer day (the weather forecast doesn't look promising, though) and let me take some better pics.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 03:43 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Was that the same storm front which laid down ten inches of rain in some parts of Indiana? (Probably not the same front, but maybe the same storm system, blown up from the Gulf.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 07, 2008 11:03 PM (+rSRq)

2 Yup, and tornadoes in the Chicago area, too.  It's been an ugly couple of days around here, weather-wise.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 08, 2008 12:47 AM (AW3EJ)

3 And here I was, complaining about drizzle.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 08, 2008 12:53 AM (+rSRq)


Small world, I was at the Biggin Hill airshow yesterday, whihc was also overcast and threatening rain (though thankfully it stayed dry)

Am still disapointed the Vulcan didn't make it, also the Red Arrows weren't there this year either- and lets face it they are the best display team in the world, even if they only have tiddly little training jets 


Posted by: Andy Janes at June 08, 2008 05:42 AM (xVeNB)

5 As I type this, it's 11am on Sunday.  The AirFest program for today was supposed to start at 1030am.  I've not heard sound one from the airport yet, probably because it's raining quite steadily out there.  I have a feeling I might not get a chance to improve on the above picture today.

Andy, I know I'd love to see a Vulcan!  There's a B-52 over at the "static display" part of the AirFest, and I would have enjoyed seeing that beastie land.  The Duckford Airport isn't able to handle jumbos without removing the lights and other things along the sides of the runway they're using.

And I'd really like to see the Red Arrows in person. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 08, 2008 10:07 AM (AW3EJ)


I heard someone at the Vulcan to the Sky tent saying they were supposed to be doing a test flight on Monday, and hopefully doing some airshows later in the summer. This was the second event I've been to where theyt were supposed to be flying it, and cancelled at the last minute.

I went to the Mildenhall (US Base in East Anglia) Air show years ago and they had a B-1B: that was a sight to remember! Would like to see a B-52 too, or a B-2 (though think thats unlikely)


Posted by: Andy Janes at June 08, 2008 01:55 PM (+aSSY)

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