Watch Air Force Thunderbirds perform a spectacular High Bomb Burst Cross — as you've never seen it before

Business Insider | 5/30/2019 | The Aviationist
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The US Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Force's Flight Demonstration Team, perform a maneuver called the High Bomb Burst Cross, in which four F-16s cross ove each other at high speed and close proximity.

One Thunderbird pilot, USAF Maj. Will Graef, filmed the maneuver from inside his cockpit, giving viewers a new perspective on the maneuver.

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You may have seen the U.S. Air Force Flight Demonstration Team, The Thunderbirds, perform their thrilling "High Bomb burst Cross" maneuver, but you've never seen it like this.

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This new video, shot from inside Thunderbird #2, flown by "Left Wing" in the diamond formation, USAF Major Will Graef, provides some sense of the rate of closure of the four aircraft. The speed and proximity of the aircraft truly leaves little margin for error.

The High Bomb Burst Cross is flown during the Thunderbirds' "high show", when visibility, cloud cover and winds enable the team to fly with their highest maximum altitude restriction. The "Cross" is actually the convergence of the four diamond formation aircraft at the bottom of the High Bomb Burst, a spectacular vertical break when the four F-16s of the diamond formation climb vertically to altitude in the Thunderbird diamond, two aircraft perform quarter-rolls, one performs a half-roll, and the aircraft "break" at somewhere between 12,000-15,000 feet altitude. Following the break, the aircraft diverge in four different directions, performing the back half of a loop to re-converge over show center.

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