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09/10/11 - I head to the Thunder over Niagara air show with a monster telephoto lens!

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The B-1 bomber!
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It's going so fast it's building up condensation around the wings!
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And away it goes
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A couple of C-130s did flybys
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It was a pretty steep bank considering how low to the ground it was!
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An authentic space shuttle tile!
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An inauthentic space shuttle!
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The stunt plane pilots were out of their minds
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Putt putt putt
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Going straight up into a stall
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Flying straight towards the ground like a crazy person!
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Another view of the funny inflatable space shuttle
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This guy had pieces falling off his airplane, and then threw a roll of toilet paper out the window. Then turned around and flew through it!
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A MiG-17! The announcer said it's very rare to see one in action
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These were a big threat to American pilots during the Vietnam War
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The MiG flies by in a steep bank
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I love seeing the flames coming out the back
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The glider was graceful and silent
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It traced out lots of long swooping lines in the sky
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Passing directly overhead
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Heading up for another pass
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I love how you can see the smoke going turbulent
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Coming in for a landing!
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Another stunt plane takes the skies
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Upside down!
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This lens is so much fun. You can see the pilot!
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Heading down for another low pass
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The smoke trail makes a huge difference
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Spinning out of the control! Well, mostly.
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One more pass
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I wasn't the only one with a camera trained on the sky
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Among the static displayers was this enormous Navy helicopter
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This guy again!
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An F-18 hornet revs up for takeoff
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These planes may be small compared to a 747, but when you see the pilots up front, it reminds you of how massive they really are!
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Picking up altitude quickly
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Condenstation forms around the vehicle as it stresses the air around it
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Another great condensation shot
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Just look at the water vapor streaming off of this plane!
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An inverted pass
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Topaz, ever the engineer, fashioned a sunshield
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Passing ina steep bank
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This photos is a little sloppy, but I like the lens flare, and love the mach cone forming around the F-18
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So fast! I'm glad I brought ear plugs!
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The guy with the crazy yellow stunt plane is back!
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This time he brought smoke
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I didn't get any pictures of it, but he had other colors of smoke as well
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Attempting to land on the back of a modified truck
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He nailed it on this second pass. Only eight inches of clearance on each side!
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The B-2 "stealth" bomber. I feel like this photo makes up for the poor quality of the last time I saw it, in Dayton!
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A magnificient vehicle
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It's a shame it costs almost as much as a space shuttle to build
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Coming around for another pass
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Such a slim profile
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I wish it had done a few more passes. It was amazing to see
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The Thunderbirds prepare for their show
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Getting into the cockpits
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Helmets on, cockpits closed
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If it wasn't for those damn lights, I'd really like this shot. Maybe I'll photoshop them out..
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Thunderbird 1 heads down the runway
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Hi there!
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A powerhouse!
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Thunderbird 1 moving down the runway
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More Thunderbirds
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All the Thunderbirds!
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The main four diamond take off in the delta formation
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One of the solo planes takes off. This isn't in super crisp focus, but I love how you can clearly see the exhaust
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Passing by, perpendicular to the ground!
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The delta formation passes by
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Taking off into the clouds
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I love the trails coming off the wingtips!
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I'm not sure what it is about this photo that I like, but I really like it
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Banking in unicon
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The precision is incredible
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Roaring by for another deafening pass
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The two solo planes play a 500+ mph game of chicken
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A new formation
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Probably my favorite shot of the day. Incredible!
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Heading down for another low pass
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The two solo planse get ready for another stunt
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Another near miss!
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The delta formation passes by
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The slightest error could clip a wing
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The death defying near misses were breathtaking
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Coming in hot!
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The Thunderbirds fly in F-16s
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The main four flying in a line
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It was tough to keep track of them in the sky because they moved so fast
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I like this photo because of the clean background
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Performing a "high alpha" pass. It was very slow!
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You almost expected the plane to drop out of the sky at any moment
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It's not easy to tell in this photo, but the leftmost plane passed through the center of this formation at great speed
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It's easy to forget that it takes these guys several miles to turn around for another pass
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Now they're flying with five in formation
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Passing low clouds
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Gotta love the Thunderbird pattern on the underside of the vehicles
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Another steep formation bank. You can tell how quickly they're turning by the smoke trails
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All six in formation!
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Passing by the audience
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They were performing crazy stunts like formation rolls
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Building up to their big finish
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Upside down!
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The "Delta Burst" pattern
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All six passed right by each other!
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Look at all the trails!
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Forming up into a group over the course of miles
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It was quite the spectacle
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Walking into the back of a large cargo vehicle
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My Little Pony decals? On an Air Force TC-135? Unfortunately, it was the older generation
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Who is this RJ?
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Another pony decal!
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The Reaper. Predator's big brother
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Such a massive plane!
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I was tempted to wait in line to get in the cockpit, but after roasting in the sun with that giant lens all day, I was exhausted!
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