Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Thunderbirds

Nellis Air Force Base is home to the mighty USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team and they rounded off the flying displays each day of Aviation Nation 2016 (November 12th and 13th) in stunning fashion. The red, white and blue, six ship General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (originally 5 x F-16C and 1 x F-16B two-seater but they swapped out the B for another C on the Sunday performance) team put on a display of flying excellence in their final show for the 2016 season.

The USAF Thunderbirds F-16's await the action on the tarmac early in the morning Aviation Nation 2016
The USAF Thunderbirds F-16’s await the action on the tarmac early in the morning
USAF Thunderbirds take off from Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2016
USAF Thunderbirds take off from Nellis AFB
On the Saturday flying display the F-16B two seater flew with the Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
On the Saturday flying display the F-16B two seater flew with the Thunderbirds
USAF Thunderbirds Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2016
Action aplenty!
USAF Thunderbirds Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2016
High level formation flying
USAF Thunderbirds Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2016
Crossover
USAF Thunderbirds Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2016
Frontal close pass!
USAF Thunderbirds Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2016
USAF Thunderbirds rolling formation
USAF Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
Formation excellence
USAF Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
Slow and smoky!
USAF Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
Reach for the sky!
USAF Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
Finesse and power
mirror pass USAF Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
Mirror pass
USAF Thunderbirds Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2016
Break!
USAF Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
Thunderbird afterburner!
USAF Thunderbirds Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2016
Organised Chaos!
USAF Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
Here comes a Thunderbird!
mirror pass USAF Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
Mirror pass 2
USAF Thunderbirds Aviation Nation 2016
Final pass
USAF Thunderbirds landing Aviation Nation 2016
The Thunderbirds return
USAF Thunderbirds Aviaiton Nation 2016
The Thunderbirds roll back to show centre after a great performance (Saturday)
USAF Thunderbirds Back on the show centre tarmac Aviation Nation 2016
Back on the show centre tarmac
Smoke on USAF Thunderbirds F-16's await the action on the tarmac early in the morning Aviation Nation 2016
Smoke on!
USAF Thunderbirds F-16's await the action on the tarmac early in the morning Aviation Nation 2016
Cockpits opening
USAF Thunderbirds F-16's await the action on the tarmac early in the morning Aviation Nation 2016
Great show gentlemen!
USAF Thunderbirds F-16's await the action on the tarmac early in the morning Aviation Nation 2016
Everyone wants to see the USAF Thunderbirds!
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3 thoughts on “Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Thunderbirds

  1. Thank you for this wonderful post! I grew up watching the Thunderbirds and two weeks ago saw them perform at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. They were spectacular and it was so much fun to see them again after so many years.

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