After the 1991 season and a European tour, the Thunderbirds converted from the F-16A/B to the F-16C/D block 32. As part of the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, the Thunderbirds performed a flyby at the end of the American national anthem. The team performed the 1000th demonstration in the F-16 at Pope AFB, North Carolina on November 10th, 1996. The following year in 1997 to celebrate the USAF's 50th anniversary. The US Postal Service used the Thunderbirds to represent the USAF for a commemorative stamp. That year the unit wore a special marking just behind the cockpit indicating the USAF's 50th anniversary. In 2003 the USAF Thunderbirds celebrated their 50th anniversary although no special markings were applied. In 2008 the block 32 F-16s were replaced by newer block 52 models. This gives the team an extra boost in available thrust.
Your aircraft model will be a perfect replication with squadron markings and any tail number. We will also include fuselage names and any nose art. A personalized stand is included with any patch and any two lines of text. After you place your order, we will email a detailed customization form to capture the details and the ordnance of your choice. Our miniature models are also 100% customized, but do not include ordnance.