Friday, September 7, 2012

Thunderbird Smoke Trails

We built tubes for the T-Smoke System
by James B.

My most memorable moment relating to Lockheed Martin’s Centennial was when the Air Force selected the F-16 as its aircraft of choice for the aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds. I was working in Department 0340 Tube Bending at the time, and the engineering team asked if we could build tubes for the system that creates the smoke trail that is displayed when the aircraft goes through its aerial maneuvers. This part was known as T-Smoke. It was very rewarding to know that every time the Thunderbirds fly and use the T-Smoke system, I had something to do with the tubes that were manufactured, making it possible for the white smoke trail to be visible.