A YouTube video of Thunderbirds lead pilot Maj. Blaine “Deuce” Jones taking an F-16 for a joyride gives civilians a look at what flying a fighter is really like, and it’s awesome.
The short, called “Fly Amongst The Solo Thunder – USAF Thunderbirds” begins with Jones and crew chief Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ayivorh running through their preflight checklist to the perfect electronic dance music track.
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The canopy goes down, the crew chief salutes, and the plane takes off.
Once Jones goes airborne, the earth quickly shrinks as he climbs to a nosebleed altitude. The GoPro camera behind the pilot will make you appreciate the view.
Like ducks flying south for the winter, Jones and the other Thunderbirds fly in formation.
But, unlike ducks, these birds feed in the air and do maneuvers no feathered creature could ever do.
The entire video feels like a music video featuring the Air Force. Check it out: