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The lure of Thunderbirds

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Photo: Sam Morris

AVIATION NATION AIR SHOW | NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE | NOVEMBER 10, 2012 | 3:52 P.M.

Having the Air Force Thunderbirds based where you live can bring an occasional unexpected air show. Driving by Creech Air Force Base north of Las Vegas during their “off-season,” I’ve pulled my car over a couple times to enjoy what almost seemed like a private show. I never tire of watching these jets, and photographing them is like shooting fish in a barrel. Occasionally, covering an event multiple times, like the recent Aviation Nation at Nellis, I find myself trying not to rely on the same photos I’ve shot before. The Review-Journal photographer joked that he wasn’t going to shoot the Thunderbirds this year, and I laughed and thought about not shooting them, either. That idea was soon cast aside, and I shot away as the six F-16s took to the sky over North Las Vegas for their final show of the year. From the look of the paper the next day, the R-J photographer couldn’t help himself, either.

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