Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thunderbirds wow us with two awesome shows...

A tremendous roar brought people rushing to the railings in the otherwise quiet State Capitol this morning as the Air Force Thunderbird jets soared and swooped overhead.

Being relatively close to Waikiki and near the business district, we were treated to two Thunderbird shows today -- at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. There was a spectacular view from the fifth floor.

The six red, white and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons flew back and forth between Waikiki and the downtown area, practicing aerial moves for Saturday's show. Between 70,000 to 80,000 people are expected in Waikiki for the show and the Aloha Festivals parade this weekend.

The Thunderbirds will perform over a 6,000-foot by 2,700-foot section of the ocean off Waikiki called the "show box." The pilots are expected to perform 30 maneuvers, during some of which the jets fly within inches of each other at 500 mph.

It was a real thrill to see the Thunderbirds tearing through the skies over Honolulu today. The last time they performed over Waikiki was in 1997.

For more on the Thunderbirds and Saturday's performance, see articles in the Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser.

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