View 339: Thunderbirds over Rochester

The US Air Force Thunderbirds performing at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

The US Air Force Thunderbirds performing at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 110mm focal length.

The last time I photographed the United States Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team they were flying over Main Street USA at Walt Disney World.  Yesterday, the Tunderbirds performed at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York. Unlike the fly over at Disney, this show lasted over thirty minutes featuring multiple passes in groups of six, four, two and solos.

Two solo USAF Thunderbird pilots perform a flying maneuver during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Two solo USAF Thunderbird pilots perform a flying maneuver during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

Instead of one pass, I was able to photograph the Thunderbirds F-16 aircraft as they performed several passes demonstrating the precision flying the team is famous for.

Group of four F-16 Thurnderbird jets fly in formation during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014

Group of four F-16 Thurnderbird jets fly in formation during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 280mm focal length.

Here are a couple of photos showing solo aircraft.

An F-16 Thunderbird jet making a High-G turn during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

An F-16 Thunderbird jet making a High-G turn during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 400mm focal length.

Like how the plane’s wings seem to cut through the air in this one.

A Thunderbird F-16 jet shows its namesake graphic on the bottom of the aircraft at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

A Thunderbird F-16 jet shows its namesake graphic on the bottom of the aircraft at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 400mm focal length.

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6 Responses to View 339: Thunderbirds over Rochester

  1. Howie says:

    great work Scott. with the older 80-400?

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  2. Phil S says:

    Fantastic shots as usual! Next assignment: The Blue Angels! My family’s personal favorites. 🙂

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