These pilots are the best of the best. Living in Vegas, I get to see them practicing at Nellis Air Force base during their off season. I’ve beenching them for the forty plus years, yet I still get goosebumps whenever I watch them. The Air Force’s best recruiting tool. I’ve seen the Thunderbirds more times than I can remember and they still make me smile, even when departing for the next show. Elite aerobatic teams are flat-out impressive. I watched these guys practice almost every day from my elementary school, which was a stone's throw from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas! Every once in a while we'd get a tail waggle or a wing tip as we watched them pass over our school. A fantastic sight and even a better listen! Our whole school would shake when they passed over! It was great! It is truly impossible to comprehend the progress that manned flight has made in the span of 100 years. These machines and the men who fly them are a stark reminder of what dedicated and talented men are capable of.