Wings Over Houston – Leadership, Trust and Teamwork

Watching the Thunderbirds prepare for their demonstration is amazing. It’s a precision dance of man and machine unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed. It starts with Leadership. It depends upon Trust. It takes Teamwork.

Here’s Thunderbird 1 (Lt Col Greg Thomas) the Squadron Commander opening the ceremony.

Leadership

Leadership
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Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM at 300mm, f/6.7 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Here are all the enlisted men performing a runway check (for debris) to ensure the safety of the pilots and crew.

Trust

Trust
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Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM at 300mm, f/9.5 for 1/250th of a second at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

It all comes down to teamwork between the pilots, crew and support personnel.

Teamwork

Teamwork
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM at 300mm, f/8 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

You can find more information on the United States Air Force’s elite “Air Demonstration Squadron” on their web site at http://thunderbirds.airforce.com