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For those who play along on Facebook, you may recall I mentioned being contacted by the Thunderbirds about a particular shot I had. Here's the backstory...
I was contacted by the US Air Force Thunderbirds to see if I might have a particular image in my archives from the Aviation Nation airshow at Nellis AFB back in 2007. At first, my only impetus was a voicemail from a Tech Sgt Richmond in the Public Affairs office but it was the forwarded message from another Air Force family that the team had received that put the lump in my throat:
"Dear Thunderbird Team,
I have a special request. My wife was watching a video of one of your performances recently and it brought her to tears. The video was of a 6-ship T-bird missing man formation. When I asked her why she was crying over something we had seen many times during our 2 tours at Nellis, she responded "it reminds me of Grant." On May 17, 2013, while on leave on a farm in PA, my 6 year old son Grant was tragically killed when a farm horse kicked him in the chest and he sustained unsurvivable injuries. The wound is deep and I guess this T-bird video reminded her of our USAF family and the 6 kids we have, with one of them who flew up to heaven just 2 months ago. Do you happen to have any high resolution pictures (the more the better) you could send me of a 6-ship missing man formation (preferably with the departing aircraft still in frame, but separated from the remaining 5-ship)? My plan is to print a poster of this along with my son's picture in his brothers' room (my 8, 6 and 4 yr old boys all shared the same room).
With much appreciation,
XXXXX XXXXX Lt Col, USAF
Chief, USAF Red Team"
Needless to say, I was never more willing in my life to supply an image on request...
This is why I choose to be a photographer.