2003 Edwards AFB
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The Edwards Air Force Base Open House was held the weekend of October 25-26. During the two-day event, visitors saw new and unique aircraft in the Air Force inventory, and some of the best aerial demonstration pilots and teams performing today. The various demonstrations included Air Force aircraft such as the F/A-22, F-117, F-16, KC-135, C-17, B-1, which set 52 official world records, B-2, as well as NASA aircraft among others. This was also a once-a-year opportunity for taxpayers to see the kind of equipment they buy for the Air Force, and the abilities of the people who test, fly and maintain this equipment.
The static display aircraft were being positioned on the flightline Friday afternoon as the United States Air Force Thunderbirds arrived. The F-16 Fighting Falcons of the Thunderbirds flew around the base for the better part of an hour before landing.
Lockheed-Martin-General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcons of the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds break into the landing pattern.
The Thunderbirds airplanes were still being jockeyed into position when the media contingent arrived.
Lockheed-Martin-General Dynamics F-16D Fighting Falcon of the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
The ground crew moves Lockheed-Martin-General Dynamics F-16D Fighting Falcon of the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds precisely into position. Temporary ground reference marks were spray painted onto the flightline.
The Saturday airshow was postponed for a while as the Thunderbirds support team called in Edwards AFB Police to remove the photographers from the media site.
General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons of the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds lift off of Runway 04.
The Thunderbirds transition to the diamond formation immediately after take-off.
The Thunderbirds are performing with a single solo airplane since the loss of #6 earlier this year.
Following the take-off, I moved to a position away from the runway.
The Thunderbirds transition from the in-line formation to the diamond formation while performing a roll.
The bomb burst finale.
The Thunderbirds break into the pattern at the end of the show.
Link to the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds web site.
Rehearsal, October 22, Page 1
Rehearsal, October 22, Page 2
Military Aircraft Static Displays, October 24
NASA and Vintage Aircraft Static Displays, October 24
Airshow, October 25, Page 1
Airshow, October 25, Page 2
Go to the Airshow Page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.
Go to the home page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.
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