Last weekend, June 25 and 26th I was given a unique chance to participate as a member of the media for the 20th anniversary Rhode Island Airshow run by the Rhode Island National Guard . This year’s theme was 20 years of thrills. The PAO team treated us all well on the first day and this was great since we had the best weather to photograph the event. The Thunderbirds were the headlienrs and they did an incredible show for the media on the 25th and for the community on the 26, 27th.
Denis Hall conveyed to me that The US Air Force Thunderbirds flew in from from Nellis AFB, NV in one long stretch of several hours strapped tightly in their cockpits. They take off and climb out early in the a.m. up to about 41,000 feet with cruise at 600 knots, then take on the fuel from either a KC-10 or KC-135 tanker for the transit across and over several states and weather cells. It must be one hell of a routine.
Anyway, here is my show.