Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Fourth of July! - The Air Force Version!

USAF ThunderbirdsIn a comment to my previous post with a picture of the Navy's Blue Angels, a reader took me to task by writing the following:
Pennywise sezs:
Shame on you, an Air Force brat, for posting a picture of the Blue Angels. Surely you could of found a picture of the Thunderbirds somewhere in your wanderings.
USAF ThunderbirdsTo that all I can say is "I'm sorry and you're right"! I had thought of it, really I had, but I had received the picture I used from a friend in an email and I took the lazy way out and used it rather than take the time to look for a picture of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. As not only an Air Force brat but a former Sergeant in that same branch of service, I hang my head in shame.

USAF Thunderbirds
Hopefully these pictures will make up for my faux pas - sorry, John! - and Dad's ashes can stop swirling in their urn (I guess that's the cremated version of 'rolling in one's grave!).

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Pictures courtesy of the USAF Thunderbirds official website.


  1. Anonymous12:23 AM EDT

    I did have a great 4th...and an awesome way to finish it up by visiting here. :)

  2. Hope your 4th of July was wonderful. :)

  3. Anonymous6:47 AM EDT

    Pennywise sez:

    Now thats the ticket....nothing brings back memories of past 4th of Julys like the Thunderbirds. If memory serves me right, I believe that Dad had an offer to become a crew chief for the 'Birds but turned it down.

  4. I first saw the Thunderbirds in Arizona. They had only existed a year or two at the time. It's another of those separated at birth things. My dad was a lt Colonel with the Army, but as a civilian continued to work for a couple of years with the newly created Air Force.

    Hope your fourth of July emergencies were all small ones.

  5. You remember correctly, Dad was offered a position as Crew Chief as he was one of the top mechanics with the F4 Phantoms that they flew but he turned it down as he "didn't want to live out of a suitcase" and be away from Mom all the time.

    I can understand his reasonings but wouldn't it have been cool to tell everyone your Dad flew with The Thunderbirds?

  6. Linda, it was very sweet of you to visit my blog yesterday and leave such positive comments. Thanks!

    Happy 4th of July to you as well! Oops ... I guess it's the 5th already. Oh well. Hope yours was a good one!

  7. Hmm - I think they must be kind of the same as the Red Arrows [or the equivalent] At least I know to tread carefully now.

  8. No matter which branch of the service, those pilots are amazing.

  9. I love everything you post, so there. Had a wonderful Independence Day and hope you did too. :)

  10. Hey...Hey...Hey, Linda - you had it right the FIRST time, using the "Blue Angels", why'd you go correcting yourself like that? (Ha ha ha!) Seriously, fabulous pics, though, and it really doesn't matter what branch of the service - they ALL protect our freedom! I have seen these guys fly, and they are a credit to the Air Force. It's just that the Navy does it better (ha ha ha JUST KIDDING!) Hope you had a Fantastic Fourth!


Thanks for visiting!