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Mon, Aug 22, 2005

Thunderbirds No-Show Chicago

Crowd Disappointed

The US Air Force Thunderbirds decided to cancel their Sunday appearance at the Chicago Air and Water Show after two of the aircraft touched in the Saturday performance. The right wingtip missile rail of the number four jet appeared to contact the horizontal stabilizer of the number two jet while flying in the diamond formation.

"We just want to make sure that everything is perfect before we go back up in the air," said Captain Angela Johnson, for the Thunderbirds.

The missile rail separated from the aircraft and fell into the lake, where it remains, despite searches by the Chicago Police and the Coast Guard.

Johnson said the last time two Thunderbirds made contact in the air was in 1999. The team will not perform again until an investigation can be completed.

FMI: www.airforce.com/thunderbirds

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