Fabulous Thunderbirds!

(1m 50s) tv-pg

In a Mail Call video, R. Lee Ermey answers a question from Jack of Chico, California who wants to know what kinds of planes are flown by the Air Force Thunderbirds. It all started for the Thunderbirds on June 1st of 1953 with a squadron of F84 thunder jets working out of Luke Air Force base. By the end of the fifties the F84 was replaced with the worlds first supersonic fighter, the F-100 Super Saber; they used this jet for thirteen years. In 1969, the F4 Phantom came online until 1974 when the Thunderbird started demonstrating in the T-38 Talon, the worlds first supersonic train. In 1983, the Thunderbirds began performing in the first version of the F-16 and today they are flying the F-16 C Fighting Falcon. They also fly a few F-16 Ds for training pilots. If youre interested in precision teams, check out the United States Navys team, the Blue Angels.

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