F-16C Fighting Falcon

The Thunderbirds fly six F-16s that are only slightly modified for their performances - each can be prepared for combat in less than 72 hours.

The F-16's long-range combat radius and ability to change position is unrivaled. This highly maneuverable aircraft can withstand up to nine times the force of gravity and travel 500 miles to deliver its weapons before returning to base.

Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Corp.

Number of crew: One pilot

Maximum speed: 1,500 mph

Range: 1,740 nautical miles

Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet

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