Thunderbirds demo team

USAF F-16A block 15 #81-0679 from the Thunderbirds is seen loaded with three Mk. 82 bombs in 1988 during an exercise to get the aircraft operational again within a 72-hour timeframe. [Photo by Thomas Wharton]


  • Brad Paddock on 2010-Sep-29 21:13:09 Brad Paddock said


    I was on the team during this test. Someone out there has inflight pictures of bombs dropping and the gun smoking! She came back "Code1"!
  • David Kramer on 2010-Oct-01 07:29:05 David Kramer said


    lots of pictures on the return of the warbird from the 421st at Hill. Brad Zomer and Jerome Fry may have a load of pictures, along with BJ Java

This image is also used in

  • Aircraft Database: F-16 #81679

    The only F-16 from the Thunderbirds ever to be made combat ready. The Tbirds are required to be able to make their F-16s combat ready within 72 hours. In 1988, this was put to the test. The ground crew pulled it off with time to spare, except for the paint scheme. The jet flew a combat training sortie and afterwards received the nickname 'War Bird'.

  • Link this photo

    • Use in a forum post
    • Use to link from other websites