Interesting Facts About The F-16 Fighting Falcon

By: Air Force Veteran

F-16 Service With The Thunderbirds Will Continue As Upgrades Begin

F-16 Thunderbirds in Flight
Retired Air Force Col. and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, flies with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, April 2, 2017 at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz, U.S. Air Force

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, have been utilizing F-16s since the early 1980s. And as combat Falcons undergo upgrades on their computer systems and radars, the Thunderbirds are preparing to receive many of those same upgrades to ensure their F-16C and D variants remain show ready. The Thunderbird F-16 aircraft are typically flown harder and upwards of two times as many hours per month than their combat counterparts, so keeping them in top shape is key.