The F-16 fighter jet has been in service since 1974, but it's still a source of awe, even on the ground.
Hundreds of thousands of people will be looking to the skies this weekend as the 5th annual Ocean City Air Show takes center stage high above the resort.
If you've ever wondered what the iconic red, white and blue F-16 of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds sounds like when you are standing just a few feet away it on the ground, wonder no more.
The Thunderbirds are back this year for the fourth time to headline the Ocean City Air Show and spectators will be standing on the beach, heads and cameras held high trying to catch a glimpse of that picturesque diamond formation while two other jets pierce through the panoramic landscape towards each other at speeds approaching a thousand miles per hour.
What usually follows is raucous applause and a swelling feeling of patriotism wherever the Thunderbirds perform. Captain Blaine Jones knows this all too well, as he flies Thunderbird 6.
"It's a very powerful show for a lot of folks, and it's tough to not get emotional, and seeing it every week, I still get emotional seeing the response from that," says Jones.
And for Jones, who will finish up his two year term as one of America's Ambassadors in Blue next year, he says every air show like the one in Ocean City this weekend, is the thrill of a lifetime.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.