Their equipment must be the very best for these high flying pilots.
The USAF Thunderbirds
Six years after the formation of the USAF (United States Air Force)
in 1947 the Air Force's official air demonstration team was formed on May 25th, 1953. Activated at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, 7 offices and 22 enlisted personnel formed the first demonstration team. The first team flew and maintained the F-84G Thunderjet which was a straight wing aircraft well suited for aerobatics and demonstration maneuvers.
A Short History
In 1956 the USAF Thunderbirds became the first supersonic aerial demonstration team as it moved into the F-100C Super Sabre. At this time they moved to Nellis AFB in Nevada. Unfortunately the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) banned all supersonic flight at air shows, as a result all current flights are flown entirely subsonic. The F-100s were followed by the F-4E Phantom II, a short stint in the T-38A Talon, and in 1982 to the F-16A.
Thunderbird Pilots Choose Scheyden Maverick Sunglasses
Today's USAF Thunderbirds pilots and ground crew wear the slick Scheyden Maverick aviator sunglasses. They were chosen because of their light weight, titanium frames and exceptional distortion free glass lenses. The Maverick is the ultimate aviator style frame. Designed to meet the needs of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, the Maverick is a great fit for all faces. Check them out here:
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