USAF Thunderbirds saluting their Ground Crew


The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds put on quite a show with their awesome demos at airshows around the world. The mix of their flying skills, awesome maneuvers, and the show itself, makes them one of the best aerobatic teams in the world. A special part of the show has become a tradition to the Thunderbirds – how they salute their dedicated ground crew, and vice versa. Just minutes before the start of the show – when they taxi to the runway – the pilots and the ground crew salute each other in a way that you can expect from the amazing Thunderbirds; a lot of show, but very entertaining and special.

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The USAF Thunderbirds during the 2017 show of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in England. The U.S. Air Force celebrated their 75th anniversay that year. Video: JERRY TAHA AVIATION on YouTube
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The USAF Thunderbirds during their first practice demonstration at their home base at Nellis AFB, following the Thunderbird jet #6 crash in Colorado Springs, CO on June 2, 2016. This video from another angle gives us an opposite view of their beautiful tradition. Video: USAF SrA Rachel Maxwelll / AiirSource Military on YouTube
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Video of the complete Thunderbirds Ground Show before take off during the Thunder Over South Georgia Air Show 2017. Video: USAF Senior Airman Kyle Saunders / AiirSource Military on YouTube


(Top image: from AiirSource Military video on YouTube)

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