GoPro video shows U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demo team display from the Lead Solo point of view

This is probably one of the coolest Thunderbirds video ever.

Filmed from the cockpit of U.S. Air Force Flight Thunderbirds demo team’s Lead Solo, the following video provides a previously unseen point of view of the team’s most famous maneuvers, including the crossover break, the belly-to-belly Calypso pass and the solo’s maximum performance maneuvers.

The video was filmed with GoPro cameras installed inside the cockpit of pilot Maj. Blaine Jones, who flies the #5 position within the team.

Jones is a former F-22 pilot, who joined the team in 2012 as opposing solo (#6).

H/T to Neil Walker and Tom Demerly for the heads-up

 

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