EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5154 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.
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5095 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.
EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4682 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.