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An air-to-air right side view of, from foreground: an F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, an F-111A aircraft, an F-15C Eagle aircraft and an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The F-16C, F-15C and the A-10A are from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron while the F-111A is from the 431st Test and Evaluation Squadron. The aircraft are in-flight over Hoover Dam.

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USAF history of the Thunderbirds.
On 19 September 1985, the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron was consolidated by Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) with the 30th Bombardment Squadron, a unit which was organized on 13 June 1917.

During its operational history, the 30th served in World War I as a training unit in France, its mission to train fighter pilots to go into combat on the Western Front. The squadron was almost torpedoed on its troop ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines on 7 December 1941, it was almost wiped out in the 1941 Battle of the Philippines. Some members of the squadron fought as an infantry unit and were captured by the Japanese, being subjected to the Bataan Death March. The squadron was withdrawn to Australia, being reformed and later attacked Japan as a B-29 Superfortress squadron in 1945. It was awarded nine Presidential Unit Citations in World War II. During the Korean War, the 30th attacked North Korean targets with B-29 Superfortresses.

Present-day USAF Thunderbirds carry the lineage, history, and honors of the 30th on active duty.
Fighters:
6 – F-16C Fighting Falcons
2 – F-16D Fighting Falcons

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Hűha, a Tahin Miki bácsi előásta a 91-es Taszári repülőnap videóját, itt a magyar, a cseszkó és az amerikai gépek.

  • Volt az a jó elfogás-bemutató a három MiG-21-essel
  • Repült csehszlovák Szu-25 (!)

  • A cseszkó MiG-29-es az eredeti, szép zöld festéssel ment, a Václav Vasek repülte, és elég érdekes látni, hogy egy akkori 29-es display mennyire más volt, a nagy túlterheléssel végrehajtott fordulókra volt kihegyezve, a kis sebességű manőverek jószerivel hiányoztak.

Amerikaiak:

  • A pálmát nyilvánvalóan a spangdahlemi F-4G (Wild Weasel 3) - F-16C géppár-repülés vitte, az F-4G-ket már réges-rég kivonták, a helyüket is F-16-osok vették át.

  • Az F-111 es (!) Lakenheath-ről a 48th TFW-től jött. Az ezredet két év múlva (asszem, 92-93 telén) fegyverezték át az F-15E-re, amivel most is repülnek.

  • Az F-15-ös Bitburgból, az azóta szerintem megszűnt 32nd TFW-től jött. Az F-15C-k egy részét a fentebbi 48th TFW kapta meg, azóta is ott repülnek. Bitburgról annyit, hogy a valamirevaló szpotter azóta is sört Bitburgert iszik.

  • Az A-10A Benwaters-Woolbridge-ről jött, és, ha jól tévedek, a 81st TFW gépe volt. Baze, 6 A-10A század volt abban az ezdedben.
Régi szép idők

A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 108th Wing refuels an F-22 Raptor while flanked by two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing “Jersey Devils” over the Atlantic Ocean.

Black on Blue.

An F-16C Falcon from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flies over a mountain range in Alaska during a Northern Edge 2011 training exercise. The U.S. Pacific Command directed excercise took place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and brought together nearly 6,000 participants from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

(Photo by Ensign Joe Painter, 16 JUN 2011.)