Presenting the F-35 Thunderbird team

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics division’s multimedia team in Fort Worth has taken credit for these images. It’s quite a shrewd viral marketing scheme to promote the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which are not likely to appear in Thunderbird colors for at least another decade. The pictures were posted on an in early June, where they received (deserved) high praise. I found them on Twitpic this morning as the images are rapidly becoming a viral marketing “hit”.


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18 Responses to Presenting the F-35 Thunderbird team

  1. Josef 20 July, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    Loved finding this via your Twitter feed. Spectacular photos indeed!

  2. AirSix 20 July, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Looks like an offensive lineman in a tutu. Huge ‘n’ hideous, like when the Team flew Thuds.

  3. George 20 July, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    Shouldn’t there be exhaust from the nozzle?

  4. Brian 20 July, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Where’s the Blue Angels paint job? I’m guessing the F-35 will be the second time the Navy and Air Force Demo teams will fly the same aircraft (F-4 being the first).

  5. Eric Ericson 20 July, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    I’d love to see a version of the F-35B in Blue Angel colors.

    I think it’d be interesting to see what a flight demo team could do with all VSTOL aircraft.

  6. Josef 20 July, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    Eric – that’s a great idea!

  7. Don 20 July, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    It’s interesting, it’s kind of a sexy plane in camo livery, but as a Thunderbird… kind of ugly. Very squat. That said, the work done to make these pictures is veeeery well done. Almost hard to believe they weren’t real photos. Anyone else notice the planes number is upside-down? I wonder what’s up with that…

  8. FighterFan 21 July, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    Don – the #5 T-Bird (the lead solo) flies some of his maneuvers upside down, so his plane number is placed upside down… it’s long been a T-Bird tradition.

  9. AirSix 21 July, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    These are doctored from pictures of the F-35A prototype. There are no Blues pix probably because the differently-winged-and-elevatored Navy variant hasn’t flown yet, so no real pictures to work from.

  10. Wes 27 July, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    It would be interesting to see both the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels using the same airframe at airshows.

  11. Ex-RAF 29 July, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    How about a picture of one in Royal Air Force Red Arrows colours, after all us Brits are part of deal.

  12. Dave 30 July, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    The T-Birds should return to the paint scheme introduced on the T-38…it was much nicer looking than the “traditional” that the F-16 returned to. In my mind, the T-38 was the quintessential Thunderbird…sleek and gorgeous.

  13. Ed 2 August, 2009 at 3:50 am #

    Underside of plane is cool with the feathers, BUT topside is way too plain…add eagle features, feathers or something to all that white space. The Navy does it right with the its overall blue and yellow scheme.

  14. Douglas Monk 5 August, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    ‘Thunder Parrots’ more like. Its a bit beaky!

  15. Robert 9 August, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    Flying Penguin.

  16. GT 3 December, 2009 at 12:27 am #

    I saw a Blue Angel F-35 over on Fence Check Forums today – sweet.

  17. Josef 3 December, 2009 at 1:13 am #

    GT, I can’t find the thing on the forums. Could you plz post a link. Thanks!

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