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America's Team: BEING A U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRD

Nicole Malichowski , Campbell Media Group , Paul Frederick Productions  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Nicole Malichowski
  • Directors: Campbell Media Group, Paul Frederick Productions
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018O4UEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Viewers will see plenty of amazing footage here of the incredible synchronized aerial acrobatics of the six fighter jocks who fly the tight diamond foundation, while also being introduced to the first woman on the squad Nicole Malachowski who beat the odds (and takes her position as a role model seriously, personally answering all of her fan mail). Recommended.Three STARS --Video Librarian

Climb aboard for the ride of your life. Well, this is going to be a quick one. In fact you can read the following question and if you answer & yes; then guess what get this disc. Okay, are you ready? Here goes: Have you been waiting for a DVD that will give you a behind-the-scenes look into the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird stunt team? Did you answer & yes or you betcha!' or hellz yeah? Great! I have good news for you. America's Team is the disc you've been waiting for. Jam-packed with candid footage, thrilling shots of the airplane pilots doing their thing, cockpit tours and plane walkthroughs and a musical photo montage, this bad boy delivers the content that Thunderbird fans yearn for. And it's cheesy. But whatever, there's a specific audience for this release and they you know who you are will eat it up. The documentary's main focus is on the first female member of the Thunderbird squad, as she embarks on the season-long tour, grapples with the enormous amount of fan mail, signs autographs of young fans and lauds the opportunity for women to penetrate typically male-dominated enclaves like fighter jet exhibit crews. Buttressing her story is a boatload of behind-the-scenes stuff including visits to the veterans' hospital, the inter-team softball game and the hard-core training and tactics these pilots have to nail. The DVD is actually not too bad, sporting a solid 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a decent stereo track. Extras: an F-16 walk-around and cockpit tour and a still gallery. There you go, that's your disc. Enjoy. --DVDVerdict.com

...is an amazing documentary on DVD of what it takes to be part of the Thunderbirds, members of the U.S. Air Force with the masterful skills to pull off expert airshows. --Library Bookwatch-Internet Bookwatch

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, not great November 29, 2010
some good footage, but i also have "Blue Angels: A Year in the Life" and the USAF Thunderbirds DVD doesn't compare. The Blue Angels movie is a 2-disc set, and covers every aspect of the demonstration season. From initial training, to all the maintenance stuff, etc. The Thunderbirds DVD touches on these things, but doesn't have nearly as much detail as the blue angels one. This DVD has really corny music that plays continuously throughout the whole movie, and the majority of the time it doesn't even fit the scene.

If you really want to know about an aircraft demonstration team, get the Blue Angels DVD (and this is coming from someone in the Air Force!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It But............. January 26, 2011
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The background of being a Thunderbird was really well done and overall I'm really glad I bought the DVD but.......

Why, why, why don't the people who make these videos understand that at least half the thrill of seeing high performance jet aircraft, such as the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels, is the NOISE. The aerial footage is fantastic but would have been much better if we could actually HEAR the jets instead of the overbearing music.
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