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American Thunderbirds

By geoffrey baker


2 of the American Thunderbirds Air Display team doing one of their trademark moves, tail to tail this time.

Here's some info on Fairford.

Royal Air Force Fairford or more simply RAF Fairford (IATA: FFD, ICAO: EGVA) is a Royal Air Force (RAF) station in Gloucestershire, England which is currently a standby airfield and therefore not in everyday use. Its most prominent use in recent years has been as an airfield for United States Air Force B-52s during the 2003 Iraq War, Operation Allied Force in 1999, and the first Gulf War in 1991. It is the US Air Force's only European airfield for heavy bombers.

RAF Fairford was the only TransOceanic Abort Landing site for NASA's Space Shuttle in the UK. As well as having a sufficiently long runway for a shuttle landing (the runway is 3,046 m (9,993 ft) long), it also had NASA-trained fire and medical crews stationed on the airfield. The runway is rated with an unrestricted load-bearing capacity, meaning that it can support any aircraft with any type of load.

RAF Fairford is also the home of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), an annual air display. RIAT is one of the largest airshows in the world, with the 2003 show recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest military airshow ever, with an attendance of 535 aircraft.
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Tags: Thunderbirds Speed Transport Aircraft Fairford Airshow Stunt Usaf Usaf thunderbirds RIAT 2017 Air Display Team

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Comments


JouŠo 17 56 Finland
8 Oct 2017 12:08PM
Wow!
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
8 Oct 2017 2:16PM
Awesome detail.
capto Plus
9 6.9k 26 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2017 3:12PM
Brilliantly caught.Smile
ivor
An outstanding IF capture.
8 Oct 2017 6:10PM
Well caught, it makes me hold my breath just looking at the photo! Pam
8 Oct 2017 9:50PM
Outstanding capture.

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