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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 882 times:

Hi there!
Just want to tell you all about a nice experience I had last year. There was an airshow in Gothenburgh where I lived before moving to AMS, and the Royal Dutch Airforce were there. They parked there jets at GOT airport where I worked and I was very lucky (as I see it), cause one of the pilots did let me sit in his F-16. Have flown the F-16 alot on the pc, and it is very detailed. But this was just to good for words! To actually sit in it. Maybe some of you goes "so what", but let me tell you all that this is something I will keep in memory for....who knows how long.
And then the next day see that aircraft I had been sitting in come flying at the airshow. And see those manouvers and G-forces he pulled.
Take care folks!



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 815 times:

Yes I have had a similar experience...

In October of 1995 I was in LAS with my family for vacation. We had arranged a tour of Nellis AFB, which is just northeast of the city, and home to the Thunderbirds. Part of the tour involved going into their magnificent hangar, and they happened to be at Nellis when we were there... Sitting in the hangar was the #4 and #5 F-16C's of the Thunderbird, and the #4 had a maintenance ladder going up to the cockpit ready, with an enlisted man working in it. The guide permitted me to go up the ladder, and I was allowed to sit in the cockpit of the #4 Thunderbird while the enlisted man explained things to me...it was an awesome experience, one I will never forget.

Here is a trivia question also, something weird I learned on that tour:

Trivia: What is unusual about the #5 Thunderbird, and why is it like that?

Have fun!

Gerg



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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 797 times:

I can't answer your trivia, but I wonder something. The A/C that Thunderbirds use, are they just for displays or do they belong to a squadron?
The reason I ask is cause I wonder if the plane you sat in were a MLU? You happen to know?
The ones that Royal Dutch has is MLU.



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 789 times:

The Thunderbirds are officially known as the 3600th Air Demonstration Squadron, so they are their own squadron, they remain in their special paint scheme except if they are needed for times of war, in which case they can be converted back to combat capable F-16's in a period of 2 days I think.

Greg



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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 776 times:

MLU= Mid Life Update.


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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 775 times:

I thought only European countries have F-16 MLU's. Those are modified and upgraded F-16A/B's. The USAF doesn't need such an upgrade for its F-16's because it can always purchase F-16C/D's.

LY744.



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 775 times:

LY is correct on that count as well, we dont have MLU F-16s here I believe, but I have read about them in Code One Magazine...

Greg



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User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 761 times:

Re trivia: I seem to recall something about the #5 due to its inverted status so often during show...am I on right track?


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User currently offlineS15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 756 times:

I used to live in Korea, and I remeber getting in F4 and F15 during airshow of some sort... can't remeber well since I was so young. Big grin

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 750 times:

Hallgren,

Yes you are definitely on the right track!!

Greg



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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 743 times:

Ok, so the US fighters don't need the MLU. Well, you always learn something.
Thanks for the answers.



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