Incredibly air show by U.S.A.F Thunderbirds with F-16 Fighting Falcon

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The USAF Air Demonstration Squadron (“Thunderbirds”) is the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force (USAF). The Thunderbirds are assigned to the 57th Wing, and are based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Created in 1953, the USAF Thunderbirds are the third oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the United States Navy Blue Angels formed in 1946 and the prestigious French Air Force Patrouille de France formed in 1931.

The Thunderbirds Squadron tours the United States and much of the world, performing aerobatic formation and solo flying in specially marked aircraft. The squadron’s name is taken from the legendary creature that appears in the mythologies of several indigenous North American cultures.

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  1. Ex-USAF here, 1981-85, Norton AFB, Military Airlift Command, 63rd MAW. This makes me proud, along with the B-52 bio. ('52s were called 'Man Made Earthquake' by the old sergeants who joined up in the Viet Nam era. I know B-52s were Strategic Air Command, like the KC-135 tankers out of March AFB in Riverside. Every now and then a '52 would visit Norton (the nest of 141s when the paint jobs in the early 80s were transitioning from white and grey to camo), or C-5 and you already knew what was up when you heard the engines.
    I stood at attention and saluted in both aircraft videos. I think the 'Birds hot rods used J-60 engines, you can take the turbine wheel out with your hand, unlike the TF-33 turbine wheel.

  2. Totally awesome, I still think the F-18 Hornet is better in modern combat roles but the F-16 is like that awesome sports car you always wanted but never could afford.

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