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Six of the USAF’s top test pilots and the planes they’ve tested at the Air Force Flight Test Center, c. 1958

L-R: Maj. Charles E. Yeager, Maj. H. G. Russell, Col. F. J. Ascani, Brig. Gen. J.S. Holtoner, Lt. Col. Jack Ridley and Maj. Arthur Murray.

L-R and F-R, the aircraft are: X-4, XF-92A, T-28, T-33, F-84F, F-86D, F-89, F-94C, B-47, B-45, KC-97 and B-36

Arrival of an F-84F of the New Jersey Air National Guard at Chaumont Air Base, France, as part of Operation Stair Step. More than 100,000 ANG and Air Force Reserve personnel, with planes and equipment, were deployed to Europe because of the Berlin crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo)


A Short History of USAF Thunderbirds Display Aircraft

  • Republic F-84G Thunderjet: 1953 - 1954
  • Republic F-84F Thunderstreak: 1955 - 1956
  • North American F-100C Super Sabre: 1956 - 1964
  • Republic F-105B Thunderchief: 1964 (six shows only)
  • North American F-100D Super Sabre: 1964-1968
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II: 1969 - 1973
  • Northrup T-38A Talon: 1974 - 1981
  • General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon: 1983 - 1992
  • General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon: 1993 - 2012 / 2014

Toda una vida sirviendo a su patria para acabar tirado en una rotonda olvidada.

A lifetime serving his country to end lying on a forgotten roundabout.

B-52, CF-100 Mk5, F-4, F-84F, F-86, F-94C, F-102A, F-104A y G91R.