Robert Kolinsky submitted this photo and note: “USAF Lt. Col. Justin ‘Astro’ Elliott, commander of the Thunderbirds, leads the team down Taxiway Bravo at Edwards AFB, California during their 2023 winter training.”
Of Wings & Things columnist Frederick A. Johnsen, who is also the force behind the Airailimages YouTube channel, posted a video of the Thunderbirds practicing for the upcoming air show season.
Sergeant Chad Mumbauer is the epitome of a 25-plus year public servant and Marine Corps veteran who leads by example. With the heart of a warrior, he has overcome brain cancer three times in the past 10 years and returned to full duty as a leader of the department’s Special Operations Unit in the City of Lakeland Police Department.”
While ace photographer Megan Vande Voort captured some of her usual great photographs of the Thunderbirds at the 2022 SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo, she also caught some unexpected shots, as well, including one of the demo team’s biggest (and littlest) fans.
Tickets for the drive in air show must be purchased online.
The video, which runs almost 11 minutes, also shows the preflight routine before the jet teams take off.
The video includes shots from the cockpit, shots from the ground of the teams flying over the iconic cities, as well as the reactions of healthcare workers.