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?
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