Texas: A-10 Demonstration Team and Heritage Flight

I promised in my last post that I’d share photos of the A-10C Thunderbolt II and the P-51 Mustang at the Thunder Over Dalhart airshow. 🙂

A-10 Demonstration Team

Captain Haden “Gator” Fullam was the certified demonstration pilot, who performed aerial maneuvers and showcased the combat capabilities of the A-10. The demonstration jet has a new Vietnam War-era paint scheme in honor of the 97 Airmen assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, who made the ultimate sacrifice during that conflict or became prisoners of war. Their names have been inscribed on the side of the aircraft. More information about the demonstration team members and planes is found on their website: https://www.dm.af.mil/A-10-Demonstration-Team/

Just about to land on the flight line.
The A-10C flying sideways. This view provides a much better look at the Vietnam era paint scheme.
The A10-C heading away from the flight line area from the underside.

At one point, the A-10C demonstrated the delivery of bombs with pyrotechnics.

An amazing pyrotechnics display on the flight line.

Here are a few more photos of the jet.

The A-10C climbing up to the left.
The A-10C landing gear is down as it makes the approach to turn around and land.

After the A-10C demonstration was done, it was time for the Heritage Flight.

The Heritage Flight

The Heritage Flight is designed to bring attention to the Air Force’s proud history by flying formations with historical aircraft. At this airshow, it was a P-51 Mustang from the Dallas, TX area.

The P-51 Mustang on the runway.

Because I had already taken many photos of the A-10C, I focused on getting good photos of the P-51 Mustang. Specifically, I wanted to capture the propeller motion while still keeping the plane crystal clear.

The P-51 Mustang on the runway, straight ahead.
A better capture of the propellers in motion on the P-51 Mustang on the runway.

In my next post, I’ll show off the details of the classic vehicles that caught my eye at the Dalhart Cruzers car show on display.

2 thoughts on “Texas: A-10 Demonstration Team and Heritage Flight

    1. I was determined to get that prop blur. 🙂 Lucky for me, it sat at the end of the runway for a few minutes before rolling down, and I was able to dial in my settings.

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