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Thunderbirds incident

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Voodoo1
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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by Voodoo1 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:36 pm

Shame this has happened so close to RIAT.
Pat Suisse had an accident prior to RIAT last year and still attended so it's not always doom and gloom.

Hoping this is nothing too serious and is seen as a freak accident due to weather and we still get the Thunderbirds but the decision will come from higher up the command chain which could be bad news if they decide not to go with an overseas risk.

Let's not make to many hasty assumptions just yet and await official confirmation from DBH or Thunderbirds team directly.

Personally I'll be gutted as never seen the T-birds and was looking forward to them but as mentioned it's still going to be a fantastic show.

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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by adimale1981 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:31 pm

RIAT Air Ops twitter re notam change as cancellation rumour:
'Incorrect folks, it takes out wording that was intended for the higher a/space reqts for the team. That a/space not available.'

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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by MRTT » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:34 pm

That's a relief! :thumb:

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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by peasus911 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:50 pm

I for one am glad the crew are ok. As for any display speculation, I can remember the possible showing of the F35 two years ago when it had engine issues. That one went right up to the wire before it was announced that the aircraft would not travel to the UK. we will just have to wait and see. As others have already stated, this years show is already a bumper RIAT and I am looking forward to both the Static and the Flying at this years show. Fingers crossed, that's all we can do.

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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by Blackcat1 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:06 pm

They haven't cancelled according to RIAT Ops on Twitter apparently.
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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by martmpf » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:17 pm

The Thunderbirds will not fly tomorrow.

https://www.facebook.com/AFThunderbirds/

Edit: Cut and paste from above.

Update 4:
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will not fly at the Dayton Air Show on Sunday. We would like to thank our fans and the air show staff for their continuous support.
Capt. Gonsalves has not been released from the hospital. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for more updates.

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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by Gary » Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:51 pm

When you read the associated RIAT AIC the Thunderbirds originally had extra airspace reserved between FL081 and FL150, they have just deleted the higher block

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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by baz1 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:30 pm

if I remember correct they requested 10 miles of clear airspace around Waddington when they were last over here.

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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by luke28 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:31 pm

UPDATE 5:

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will return to flying operations today, June 26th when the squadron departs Dayton, Ohio for home station at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The team will conduct routine practices on Tuesday.

"Capt. Gonsalves remains in the hospital and is surrounded by loved ones," said Lt. Col. Jason Heard. "I have full faith and confidence in our team to conduct the mission safely, we look forward to returning to flying operations."

Thanks for the continuous support
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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by martmpf » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:00 pm

Thanks for that info luke28.
Separately, I just wondered what the commander may get paid. Found this:

https://www.military-ranks.org/air-forc ... olonel-pay

Whilst off topic, is that say wing commander RAF? Squadron leader? Pay comparison to RAF?

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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by MRTT » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:38 pm

Excellent news, thanks for posting Luke! :thumb:

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Re: Thunderbirds incident

Post by James Cutting » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:17 am

martmpf wrote:Thanks for that info luke28.
Separately, I just wondered what the commander may get paid. Found this:

https://www.military-ranks.org/air-forc ... olonel-pay

Whilst off topic, is that say wing commander RAF? Squadron leader? Pay comparison to RAF?
There's someone in hospital, and all you're currently worried about is what he might get paid? Seriously?

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