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  1. #11

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    "B" model Thuds were in the New Jersey Guard.

    I've got over 1200 hours in the "D" and "F" model Thuds. I have a little more than that in F-4D/Es.

    I agree the Thud didn't turn well, but I've surprised a couple of Phantom Drivers with a clean Thud, with the use of flaps (both leading and trailing edge).

    The faster it went the better it felt.

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    Hi,

    Is the Thunderbird display still at the deactivated Chanute Air Force Base? I thought that the display of all the planes that they flew from the Skyblazers days thru the Talon was quite impressive. It would be a shame if they broke up that collection. They deserved to stay together. I remember I was there right before Dessert Shield and thought that it was also rather pecular that they were painting B-52s in an Air Force Base with supposed inactive at the time runways. They were being repainted from the green scheme to a dessert brown scheme. The rest of the collection was quite impressive too. For some reason they also had a Blue Angel A4 there.

    TTFN....Kenn
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    Chanute Air Force Base Now that brings back memories, i was there in 79-80 for tech school, boy that place could be a cold rat hole in the winter! but if you were into corn, You got it baby!!

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    More Thunderbirds
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    Thanks to you vets for completing the picture of the Thud vs. Phantom discussion. And for your service to our great country!

    208 kts on final?!!! I'd like to flight plan my cruise that fast...
    Rutan Long EZ, N-LONG
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    I'll have to agree with Speed about the F-4's being the most impressive T'birds. My dad took me to see their arrival show at Maxwell around '71 or '72. It was an awe-inspiring introduction to the Thunderbirds. My lasting memory of that show was seeing the solo fly by LOW and FAST and wondering why the plane wasn't making any sound?.......until a couple seconds later!!.......had a smile for a week.......
    Kevin

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    My first afterburner experience was the T-bird F-100s in the early 60s. I was maybe 4-5 years old. Scared the hell out of me the first time, but then!
    Rutan Long EZ, N-LONG
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiacub
    The faster it went the better it felt.
    That's what my Uncle, Col. Francis B Clark told me. He flew them down in Nellis for a few years. A couple of tours in Viet Nam. Not sure if he flew them elsewhere before he transitioned to the 111. He loved the Thud. I had the opportunity to visit with him one-on-one a few years before he passed away and we talked about the aircraft he flew. He was in fighters his whole career, starting with P-40's, P-51's in Europe, then on to the jets. Just thought I would toss this little bit of info since we're talking with people who flew the Thud. The last one I recall seeing in the air was a pair at Hill AFB in Feb of 79 from my window seat in an S-3A.
    Bill
    Never mind. Maybe next year

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    Thanks to all for their Thud reminiscences, and their service. Where else can we get that kind of instant feedback from people who really know stuff, but AAFO? Which means that we owe Wayne yet another big thank you.

    I want to add my own two thumbs way up for the F-4 as the most impressive mount ever for the demonstration teams. I saw the Blue Angels in Phantoms at Reading in the late '60s, back in the days when crowd line and show line were fluid concepts that occasionally overlapped. THAT was IMPRESSIVE, especially since they were operating under a low ceiling with marginal visibility, and managed to stay in close and in view nearly the entire show. That was also the day I saw a Helio Courier demo pilot take off and perform a maximum performance 360 over the crowd at 100' AGL, doing maybe 25 knots. His turn radius was, if anything, less than his altitude. I thought it was great, but I remember my dad trying to grumble about the danger through his own s__t-eating grin.
    SteveZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilo Hotel
    I remember my dad trying to grumble about the danger through his own s__t-eating grin.
    'Tis almost the seaon to quote: "You'll put your eye out with that thing, kid."
    Rutan Long EZ, N-LONG
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