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Thunderbirds F-16C Block 52s For 2009 Season  
User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4249 times:

A friend sent me an article indicating the Thunderbirds will be using the F-16C Block 52 for their 2009 season. The airplanes (I believe the first has been handed over for modification and update) are going through an extensive modification program and won't be ready for the 2008 season.

I got the impression these weren't brand new jets. On the other hand, there was nothing in the article to indicate what unit(s) the planes came from. I'm assuming they'll get a Block 52 F-16D or two as well.

I have to wonder how much difference there will be in the show they perform. As I recall, Block 52 is quite a bit more powerful than the Block 32s they now fly.


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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4190 times:



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Thread starter):
I have to wonder how much difference there will be in the show they perform. As I recall, Block 52 is quite a bit more powerful than the Block 32s they now fly.

It has the PW F-100-229, which has a great deal bit more power. As for the show, the manuevers will remain the same as always, so who knows...a good highspeed pass will be a bit easier with that beauty of a motor.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4003 times:

The team has already taken delivery of one...like a couple of months ago I think.

User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4002 times:

The team has already taken delivery of one...24th of October.

User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3980 times:



Quoting Checksixx (Reply 3):
The team has already taken delivery of one...24th of October.

Do you supposed the Blue Angels will do an upgrade as well, in response? F/A-18Cs with the more powerful engines than those found in the A model Hornet?



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User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3795 times:

I thought all the Hornets engines were upgraded already.

User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3777 times:



Quoting Checksixx (Reply 5):
I thought all the Hornets engines were upgraded already.

In all honesty I don't know. I knew the early C models had the same engines as the A's, then the later C models got more powerful engines. Didn't know all had been converted to the later engine. You may be right. I'm not that in touch with what's going on in the Hornet world.



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3765 times:



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Thread starter):

I got the impression these weren't brand new jets. On the other hand, there was nothing in the article to indicate what unit(s) the planes came from

Neither team use 'new' jets. ALL come from the fleet and have a few thousand hours before going to the teams. In fact many jets are on their way to the 'bone yards' before going to the teams.



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