Thunderbird "flip" at Dayton

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Unread post11 Nov 2017, 23:28

I don't believe that the Thunderbirds would take any of the 64 AGRS jets, as they are dissimilar blocks. The Thunderbirds are, however, an organization that gets what they need, because it's a Pentagon recruiting tool. A Blk. 52 unit will simply have to cough up a D model if the mishap bird cannot be repaired.
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Unread post12 Nov 2017, 00:41

TC wrote:I don't believe that the Thunderbirds would take any of the 64 AGRS jets, as they are dissimilar blocks. The Thunderbirds are, however, an organization that gets what they need, because it's a Pentagon recruiting tool. A Blk. 52 unit will simply have to cough up a D model if the mishap bird cannot be repaired.

64th Aggressor Squadron doesn't have Block 52s, but 16th Weapons Squadron does (not technically an Aggressor squadron. My bad!) There are only 3 squadrons with the F-16D Block 52 jets (Thunderbirds, 16th WS, and 157th Fighter Squadron). Presumably, the 157th Fighter squadron has two family models for training and orientation flights. The 157th FS flies F-16CJ Block 52 jets for the SEAD role.

http://www.f-16.net/units_article107.html

http://www.f-16.net/units_article59.html
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