Video from My F-16 Aerobatic Demo Flight with USAF Thunderbird No. 8, Maj Tony Mulhare

It’s here! The video from my ride in the F-16D with USAF Thunderbird No. 8, Maj Tony Mulhare.

Many thanks to Will Hawkins of Wilco Films for his video editing expertise and for spending hours he doesn’t have making this a really great production.

Stay tuned for the big summary audio episode of the show covering the ride from beginning to end in great detail. The episode will include audio from the suit-up, the briefing, the flight, and the demo the next day. It’ll be tied together by Thunderbird Groove, the original music by 7600 (the ad hoc band of aviator musicians that collaborates over the Internet) featuring me on guitars, drums, and bass, Scott Cannizzaro on guitars, keyboards, and sound design, and the mighty F-16 on noise!

About Steve Tupper

Stephen Force is the superhero alter ego of mild-mannered tech and aviation lawyer, commercial pilot (glider, with private privileges in ASEL, ASES, AMEL, IA, and DC-3 (SIC) type-rated), and Civil Air Patrol lieutenant colonel Steve Tupper. Steve writes, records, and brings you the inside story about everything that really matters in aviation. He's flown with the USAF Thunderbirds, he's and airshow performer and air boss, and he's one of only five pilots ever to earn a FAST card in the glider category. Follow Steve's ongoing quest to do all that is cool in aviation at or on Twitter as @StephenForce.


  1. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am so jealous!!! Dude that was beyond brillinat!! Thank you sharing!! I cried at the end :)

  2. Peter Bradshaw says:

    Wow, Steve! That really is amazing to say the least.

    Maj Mulhare is as nice as you made him out to be. He’s a really nice guy. It was so great talking to him at the Reno Air Races.

  3. Very Coool!

  4. Thanks, that was fun. I’ll keep this one around for the winter!

  5. Excellent – you are one lucky dog

  6. yeppers, Maj.Tony Mulhare is my nephew, we are quite proud of him and he is a great guy…Kewl Video

  7. Stephen Force (Steve Tupper) says:

    He was wonderful to fly with! Check out the full summary episode in the October 25 entry for full audio!

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