Jake Sigal got some video from the Upper West Side of the Thunderbird F-16s flying over the Hudson River around 9:30 a.m. on Friday. They’ll be at the New York Air Show in New Windsor, NY this weekend, Gothamist notes.
Thunder Birds fly-by over NYC from Jake Sigal on Vimeo.
Gothamist got a good video too:
While we were in San Diego during the All Star Game, we were lucky enough to see the Thunderbirds practicing over the beach on Coronado Island near NAS at an altitude of about 100 ft. It was unbelievable. And deafening! The kids were amazed. Beautiful site.
Thanks for publishing this. I was wondering what it was. I was running in Riverside Park and saw them make two passes southbound and one northbound.
Wow, really neat for an ‘old-bird’ (first flight of an F-16 was 1974…look it up).
There is a wonderful possibly-true story of an F-16, whose engine is so powerful that the airplane can reach 2x the speed of sound.
Seems this particular F-16 was departing some NY-area airport (possibly on Long Island) and was climbing SO fast that its radar “data-block” remained motionless on the Departure Controller’s radar screen (its altitude read-out, of course, was changing).
Supposedly, this conversation ensued:
NY Departure: “Air Force 123, say Direction of Flight !”
AF 123: “UP, Sir !!”
Very cool! Loved it.