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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Unread post21 Nov 2017, 16:44

TC wrote:Hi folks,

First post in a long while. But, I was hoping that someone had some more information about 466. The media is reporting the aircraft as destroyed. However, I'd heard some RUMINT, that repairs may be attempted. My gut tells me, that it will be the former, not the latter, as I've encountered birds that were written off for less. Then again, there was A model 79-0377, aka, "Twice as Nice." http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F ... rofile/557

Now, I get it. When that bird had its two mishaps, it was a 5, and 8 year old airframe at the time of the mishaps. This tail, was 26. That might play a big factor into what 12AF and ACC decide to do with it. If anyone knows anything about it, I'd definitely appreciate it.


Welcome back TC , in a long while is an understatement !
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Unread post01 Feb 2018, 12:12

91-0466 - not going to be reused.

It’s replacement is: 91-0467
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Unread post01 Feb 2018, 21:13

91-0478 is the one now flying with the Thunderbirds
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