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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for the week is Anything to do With Jets and Planes. The photos in this post were taken at Travis Air Force Base and feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The precision drill both preflight and post flight is impressive and stirring. The flying is amazing and heartstopping as the F-16’s fly at speeds reaching 500 to 700 mph (800 to 1,130 km/h) and getting as close as 18 inches apart.

T Bird tails

F-16 Tails on the flightline

taxing away

Taxi to the runway

Take off

Taking flight



T Birds 3

T Birds 4

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Belly to belly

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Tail to tail

This was the first airshow that I took my grandson to. While the flying was a thrill to watch it was just about as thrilling for me when he got to meet one of the pilots.

With pilot

Major Caroline Jensen (Right wing)

Thank you again to Cee for choosing this week’s topic.  Follow the link to her take on jets and airplanes.

9 thoughts on “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Anything to do With Jets and Planes

  1. It’s truly unbelievable that the Thunderbirds get within 18 inches of one another.

    1. Paulie says:

      Not much in the way of social distancing. Right?

  2. I’ve always been an airplane fan and I’ve always been a fan of the demonstration teams such as the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels. It’s an interesting perspective for me. I would consider myself to be a realistic pacifist. I detest war but I also understand that force is sometimes necessary as a last resort. If that is the case I’d rather see it fought by extremely well trained and well educated professionals such as Major Jensen and her cohorts.

    1. Paulie says:

      I’m much the same way. I’m a child of a WWII veteran as were almost all of my childhood friends. We weren’t far removed from what’s been called the good fight and while most of us played army and watched the many war movies and TV shows (I grew up with Victory at Sea) I don’t know a one who grew up to be a hawk.
      I’m glad that the one pilot that Jackson met was a female. A good lesson.

      1. I agree on every single point.

  3. Cee Neuner says:

    I’ve not been to an airshow in years. Wonderful photos 😀

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you. And thank you again for posting the challenges.

  4. M.B. Henry says:


    1. Paulie says:

      I thought you might be partial to this one.

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