U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16s Dayton Air Show 2021 In Dayton Ohio

At the 2021 CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show, in Dayton Ohio, I was able to capture the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team. As I live close to the airport, I can get to and from quickly. I buy an aviation photography pass each year which allows entry gate parking, early entry, and a photo pit pass. This is the first year that I utilized all three. My goal was to photograph the Thunderbirds F-16s this year.

Early entry affords me two hours to roam the static displays and photograph the aircraft with no public in the way. One thing I love to do is go to the flight line as the sun rises and photograph these F-16s as they sit empty. No noise. No people. Just me and these beautiful pieces of engineering. Around 3:30 pm the jets are fired up and perform a beautiful aerobatic display thrilling thousands of air show spectators.

I love aviation photography, especially when it is in my hometown, and am so happy with these Thunderbirds photos.

About The Thunderbirds F-16s (And the F-16 in general)

The F-16 fighter, also known as the Fighting Falcon, is a remarkable aircraft. It is one of the most versatile and successful fighter jets in aviation history. Developed by General Dynamics and first introduced in 1978, the F-16 has since become a staple in the air forces of numerous countries around the world. With its sleek aerodynamic design and powerful engine, the F-16 possesses incredible maneuverability and speed, making it a force to be reckoned with in combat situations. Equipped with advanced avionics and weaponry systems, this fighter jet can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions effectively. Its impressive range and endurance allow it to operate efficiently in a variety of environments, from aerial dogfights to ground attack missions. Lastly, the F-16 continues to demonstrate its unmatched performance, solidifying its reputation as an exemplary fighter aircraft.

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