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    Watch: Thunderbirds Crush Routine In F-4 Phabulous Phantom

    McDonnell Douglas and the United States Air Force (USAF) produced the film “Once a Thunderbird” during the early 1970s when the team was flying the Phabulous McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II. When The Thunderbirds transitioned to the F-4E in 1969 changes to the show routine were required to keep the performance close to show center […] More

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    The USAF Thunderbirds Were The World’s First Supersonic Flight Demonstration Team

    Between the 1956 and 1963 show seasons the United States Air Force Precision Flight Demonstration Team, otherwise known as The Thuderbirds, flew North American F-100C Super Sabres. Their F-100Cs made them the world’s first supersonic flight demonstration team. The Air Force, with an eye toward positive publicity for the service, made a film about the […] More

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