06/04/20 19:58:30 UTC
343.700 MHz
SHAWNEE MISSION, KS
SPIRIT02
 
06/04/20 13:55:59 UTC
135.700 MHz
,
Boston (ZBW). ROCK 41 flight conducting random refueling on AR212. (ADSB shows callsign as ROMA82, KC-10, 79-1949). Handoff to 134.950.
 
06/04/20 02:09:45 UTC
123.875 MHz
,
ZBW, MAINE 85 and 86 refueling SHOCK 01 and NOMEX 01 in AR609, afterward SHOCK and NOMEX cleared into Viper Airspace from the floor to FL500 and cleared to switch to tactical. (via LiveATC)
 
06/03/20 15:43:05 UTC
253.7 MHz
WINTER HAVEN, FL
ACM training HOTAS Fox 2 & 3
 
05/30/20 20:11:01 UTC
234.8 MHz
ORMOND BEACH, FL
Noble3 in CAP for launch TFR has emergency, RTB JAX equest approach end cable
 

05/20/20 22:45:29 UTC
322.300 MHz
2x prev unk freqs KGSO-PIEDMONT TRIAD INTL-05/071 - COM REMOTE TRANS/REC 243.0, 269.225, 284.6, 290.325, 322.3, 327.075 U/S. 26 MAY 09:00 2020 UNTIL 26 MAY 14:00 2020. CREATED: 19 MAY 09:00 2020 -AJ
 
05/20/20 16:25:54 UTC
70.400 MHz
A2A, 2x helo pilots: "...just bee-boppin' around the Uwharries" "...target on the dam then run through some (?)D-P-M-R's(?)...following the river" "we're at 550AGL..yup we're 780" discussing last altimeter setting "that was hours ago tho, at Simmons" rx'd central Uwharries, PL 151.4. 1955-2015ish, local time. 5/13/2020 -AJ
 
05/19/20 19:38:09 UTC
322.300 MHz
2x prev unk freqs KGSO-PIEDMONT TRIAD INTL-05/071 - COM REMOTE TRANS/REC 243.0, 269.225, 284.6, 290.325, 322.3, 327.075 U/S. 26 MAY 09:00 2020 UNTIL 26 MAY 14:00 2020. CREATED: 19 MAY 09:00 2020 -AJ
 
05/19/20 19:36:54 UTC
284.600 MHz
2x prev unk freqs KGSO-PIEDMONT TRIAD INTL-05/071 - COM REMOTE TRANS/REC 243.0, 269.225, 284.6, 290.325, 322.3, 327.075 U/S. 26 MAY 09:00 2020 UNTIL 26 MAY 14:00 2020. CREATED: 19 MAY 09:00 2020 -AJ
 
05/15/20 19:22:10 UTC
50.125 MHz
Helos in Uwharrie vic "291.9" "try them again and then we'll RTB" "head back to point 227, pick up (?gimlin?)" "it's a good thing out PAX brought parachutes, we'll just drop em off here and call it good" (??i dunno what that means??) "ascend to 100 feet" "14,16, are you gonna drop (?sticks?) 192,193 and go straight to 194?" "gonna go straight to 195". Associated w/ comms heard on 69.425FM and possibly 38.725FM as well. 5/14/2020 approx 1837+h -AJ
 
05/15/20 15:03:39 UTC
50.125 MHz
Helos in Uwharrie vic "291.9" "try them again and then we'll RTB" "head back to point 227, pick up (?gimlin?)" "it's a good thing out PAX brought parachutes, we'll just drop em off here and call it good" (??i dunno what that means??) "ascend to 100 feet" "14,16, are you gonna drop (?sticks?) 192,193 and go straight to 194?" "gonna go straight to 195". Associated w/ comms heard on 69.425FM and possibly 38.725FM as well. 5/14/2020 approx 1837+h -AJ
 
05/15/20 14:53:45 UTC
69.425 MHz
ARMY 20327 attempts to contact KVUJ twr (was closed) then on 69.425FM a report of no contact & someone should try UHF. This followed by "291.9" (KVUJ UHF) being called out on 50.125FM by a different party. Repeat of failed contact on VHF by female pilot (heard earlier on 69.425FM) IDing as ARMY 20273. Considering valley location, good Rx. 5/14/2020 approx 1830+h -AJ
 

thunderbirds_maneuvers_package

USAF Air Demonstration Squadron (Thunderbirds)

2019 FAA Maneuver Package

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

USAF AIR DEMONSTRATION SQUADRON (ACC)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, NEVADA

MEMORANDUM FOR FAA Representatives

FROM: USAFADS/CC

SUBJECT: 2019 Thunderbirds' Maneuver Package

1.This United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron (Thunderbirds) maneuver package is designed to provide you with a pictorial display of all demonstration maneuvers used by the Thunderbirds.

2.The Thunderbirds have three shows that may be performed depending upon weather or terrain considerations. A High Show, which includes formation rolls and loops, may be flown with a minimum ceiling of 8,000’ and five nautical mile visibility. A Low show, which has formation rolls only, may be flown with a minimum ceiling of 3,500’ and five nautical mile visibility. A Flat show, which includes no loops or rolls, may be flown with a minimum ceiling of 2,000’ and five nautical mile visibility (57 WG/CC or USAFWC/CC may waive the flat show minimum ceiling to 1,500’).

3.The Department of Defense accepts full responsibility for the operation of Thunderbird demonstration maneuvers as described herein. Lieutenant Colonel John Caldwell, Commander/Leader, USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, has been designated as the representative for the Department of Defense for the execution of these maneuvers and prioritizes safety over visual appeal or presentation.

4.Thunderbird maneuvering airspace and minimum dimensions for an aerobatic box are depicted in section IV. FAA guidelines currently permit non-aerobatic passes to be flown no closer than 500’ from the crowd. Aerobatic maneuvers shall occur at the 1500’ show line; however non-aerobatic maneuvers may take place on the 500’ show line. Non-aerobatic passes over the crowd will be a minimum of 500’ AGL. Thunderbird formations in the transition area are permitted to descend from 500’ to be at their minimums at 1NM from show center, even over occupied buildings. Any maneuvers may be flown as a flat pass if conditions dictate. Altitudes depicted are minimums.

5.The Thunderbirds will occasionally fly a seventh aircraft during practice demonstrations and site surveys in a photo-chase profile. This aircraft will be flown by Thunderbirds 7 or 8 upon completion of syllabus-directed training. If the seventh aircraft is a 2-seat F-16, the rear cockpit will only be occupied by a designated Thunderbird team member. The photo-chase aircraft will maneuver as required to achieve the desired photographic position relative to the diamond, solos, or delta. The same rules and regulations which govern the 6-ship within the TFR and aerobatic box also apply to the seventh aircraft. The photo chase aircraft will never fly during an official demonstration.

6.My point of contact to address any questions concerning these maneuvers is Lt Col Eric Gorney, Thunderbird Operations Officer, at (702) 271-6627 or DSN 682-9931.

CALDWELL.JOH

N.D.1117302217

Digitally signed by CALDWELL.JOHN.D.111730221 7

Date: 2019.01.29 16:50:23 -08'00'

JOHN D. CALDWELL, Lt Col, USAF Commander/Leader

Table of Contents

Section I: High Show

Displays all high show maneuvers demonstrated during a normal show sequence.

Section II: Low show

Displays all maneuvers unique to a low show.

Section III: Flat show

Displays all maneuvers unique to a flat show and other maneuvers available to the Thunderbirds that were not covered in previous pages.

Section IV: Airfield layout of a typical show site.

THIS PAGE IS INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK

Section I

THUNDERBIRD 2019 HIGH SHOW

WEATHER 8000’ AND 5 MILES VISIBILITY

6-SHIP

 

5-SHIP (Left Solo)

 

5-SHIP (Right Solo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond takeoff / Loop on takeoff

 

Diamond takeoff / Loop on takeoff

 

Diamond takeoff / Loop on takeoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LS) Roll on Takeoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(RS) Max Climb / Split S

 

Roll on Takeoff

 

Max Climb / Split S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond Cloverloop Opener

ž

Diamond Cloverloop Opener

ž

Diamond Cloverloop Opener

ž

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opposing Knife Edge

ομ

4 Point

ο

4 Point

ο

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail to Diamond BUP

Ÿ

Trail to Diamond BUP

Ÿ

Trail to Diamond BUP

Ÿ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opposing Inverted

ομ

Inverted to Inverted

μ

Inverted to Inverted

μ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Line to Diamond Loop (Ops √)



Line to Diamond Loop (Ops √)



Line to Diamond Loop (Ops √)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LS) Knife Edge

ο

Knife Edge

ο

Knife Edge

ο

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(RS) Slow Roll

μ

Diamond Roll

Ÿ

Diamond Roll

Ÿ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond Roll

Ÿ

High Alpha Pass

μ

Slow Roll

μ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LS) 8 - Point

μ

Bon Ton Roulle



Bon Ton roulle



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(RS) Aileron Rolls

ο

Aileron Rolls

ο

Aileron Rolls

ο

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bon Ton Roulle



Trail to Diamond Cloverloop



Trail to Diamond Cloverloop



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calypso Pass

μ

8 - Point

μ

8 - Point

μ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail to Diamond Cloverloop



Diamond PIR



Diamond PIR



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossover Break

μžο

Max Turn, 1/2 Cuban 8

ομ

Max Turn

ο

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond PIR



Trail to Diamond Roll

Ÿ

Trail to Diamond Roll

Ÿ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opposing – Split S

ομ

Sneak Pass

ο

Sneak Pass

ο

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail to Diamond Roll

Ÿ

Hi Low Pass (Ops √)



Hi Low Pass (Ops √)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(RS) Sneak Pass

ο

Solo Hit – No Rejoin

μ

Solo Hit ½ Cuban Rejoin

μ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LS) High Alpha /Muscle Climb

μ

Inverted to Inverted

ο

5-Card Loop



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High/Low Pass (Ops √)



Diamond Loop

Ÿ

Line Break Loop

Ÿ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(RS) Solo hit, ½ Cuban 8, Rejoin

μ

Vertical Rolls

ο

Solo Hit

μ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5-Card Loop with RS



Arrowhead Loop



Vertical Rolls

ο

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LS) Vertical Rolls

ο

Solo Rejoin to Stinger

ν

Arrowhead Loop



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Line Break Loop with RS

Ÿ

Stinger BUP



Solo Rejoin to Stinger

ν

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(RS) Solo Hit

μ

Stinger Roll

Ÿ

Stinger BUP



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LS) Max Turn, 1/2 Cuban 8

ομ

Stinger Loop



Stinger Roll

Ÿ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrowhead Loop



High Bomb Burst

Ÿ

Stinger Loop



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solo Rejoin to Delta

ž

Solo Hit

ο

High Bomb Burst

Ÿ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta BUP

Ÿ

High Bomb Burst Rejoin



Solo Hit

ο

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Roll



Thunderbird Diamond Pitch (Pass)**

 

High Bomb Burst Rejoin



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Loop



Aileron Roll Pitch – (Sneak Pass)

 

Thunderbird Diamond Pitch (Pass)**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Burst and Warrior Loop

ο

(Stinger Closer)

 

Inverted to Inverted Pitch – (Sneak Pass)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Bomb Burst

Ÿ

 

 

(Stinger Closer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LS) Solo Hit

ο

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Bomb Burst Rejoin



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thunderbird Diamond Pitch (Pass)**



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection Pitch (No Pitch)

μ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Blue Out Pitch Up (Delta Closer**)

Ÿ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LS) Aileron Roll Pitch Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(RS) Inverted to Inverted Pitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** (Deployed show option for any show sequence)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIAMOND LOOP ON TAKEOFF

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

250’ AGL MINIMUM

MAX CLIMB WITH SPLIT-S ON TAKEOFF

1200-1500’ FROM CROWD

150’ AGL MINIMUM

SOLO ROLL ON TAKEOFF

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD LINE OR ROLL BEYOND END OF CROWD LINE

100’ AGL MINIMUM

CLOVERLOOP

OPENER

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

500’ AGL MINIMUM

OPPOSING KNIFE-EDGE

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

TRAIL TO DIAMOND BOTTOM UP PASS

500’ FROM CROWD

200’ AGL MINIMUM

OPPOSING INVERTED PASS

500’ FROM CROWD

200’ AGL MINIMUM

ARROWHEAD LOOP

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

KNIFE-EDGE

500’-1000’ FROM CROWD 100’ AGL MINIMUM

SLOW ROLL

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD 100’ AGL MINIMUM

DIAMOND ROLL

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

250’ AGL MINIMUM

EIGHT POINT ROLL

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

AILERON ROLLS

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

BON TON ROULLE

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

CALYPSO PASS

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

TRAIL-TO-DIAMOND CLOVERLOOP

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

250’ AGL MINIMUM

CAN BE EXECUTED WITH A LEFT OR RIGHT TURN OUT.

CROSS OVER BREAK

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

500’ AGL MINIMUM

DIAMOND PASS IN REVIEW

500’ FROM CROWD

200’ AGL MINIMUM

OPPOSING SPLIT-S

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

TRAIL-TO-DIAMOND ROLL

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

250’ AGL MINIMUM

SNEAK PASS/AFTER BURNER ON

500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM (500’ AGL OVER CROWD)

.94 MACH MAX

HIGH AOA PASS

500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

HIGH/LOW

PASS 1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

200’ AGL MINIMUM

.94 Mach Max

Post Pass, Solo Executes Half Cuban then rejoins with Diamond.

FIVE CARD LOOP

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD 250’ AGL MINIMUM

VERTICAL ROLLS

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

LINE ABREAST LOOP PLUS SOLO BREAKAWAY

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

250’ AGL MINIMUM

MAX TURN WITH HALF CUBAN EIGHT

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

DIAMOND 360 SOLO REJOIN (Afterburner on)

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

DIAMOND 200’ AGL MINIMUM

SOLOS 500’ OVER CROWD

DELTA BOTTOM-UP- PASS

500’ FROM CROWD

200’ AGL MINIMUM

DELTA ROLL

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

DELTA LOOP

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

200’ AGL MINIMUM

DELTA BURST

WINGS LEVEL

500’ OVER THE CROWD

WARRIOR LOOP

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD

100’ AGL MINIMUM

HIGH BOMB BURST WITH SOLO

HIT TO VERTICAL ROLLS

1200’-1500’ FROM CROWD SC – SHOW CENTER

200’ AGL MINIMUM

BB – BOMB BURST

HIGH BOMB BURST CROSS

1200-1500’ FROM CROWD

200’ AGL MINIMUM

HIGH BOMB BURST REJOIN

1200-1500’ FROM CROWD

300’ AGL MINIMUM