10 Jul '18, 12pm

Thunderbirds Celebrate Milestone Year Representing US Air Force

Thunderbirds Celebrate Milestone Year Representing US Air Force

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have been roaring through the skies for 65 years. The Thunderbirds are celebrating its 65th year of representing the U.S. Air Force. On May 25, 1953, the Air Force's official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The unit was named the "Thunderbirds" in part because of the strong Native American culture in Arizona. The first demonstration team flew and maintained the F-84G Thunderjet. "The straight-wing configuration of the F-84G was considered well suited for aerobatic and demonstration maneuvers, though the aircraft could not exceed the speed of sound," according to the Thunderbirds team. The Thunderbirds have traded aircraft throughout the years, flying the F-84F Thunderstreak, the F-105B Thunderchief, the F-100Ds and the F-16. The Thunderbirds did not fly at...

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