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    Default Vintage Thunderbirds and....

    Here's a couple more from the archives.
    Want to see some F-4's?

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    Would love to see the F-4 T'Birds... I like the blacked out tail on the slot aircraft.

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    DO you know the story behind the blacked out tail on the slot aircraft?

    According to what I've read is that the t-birds fly such a flat diamond formation the slot aircrafts tail is in the exhaust of the lead plane . They used to keep it scrubbed clean then fianally deceided it was a badge of honor and left it blackened
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    My Dad was with the 1470 Photo and mapping group based out of Palm beach Florida he has photoes of thunderbird in F 100 and F84 thoes are cool shots all the Best Shawn

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    Here's one for you. Taken in June 1969.
    More to come as I find the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marauder61
    Here's one for you. Taken in June 1969.
    More to come as I find the time.
    Okay...this is going to sound REALLY GEEKY....but I think the date might be wrong on that, Vic.

    I'm really trying to work the Random Access Memory of the ol' brain here, but....from '68-70, they used 'Gothic' font numerals. From '71-73 they switched to "Clarendon" font numerals (which is shown in the pic.)

    I may be bass-ackwards on this, though...because once they switched to the T-38's in '74, they went with the Gothic numbers again.

    Regardless.....LONG LIVE THOSE PHANTOMS!!! As far as I'm concerned, the T-Birds and Blues will 'always' be represented by those F-4's. Must be some sort of 'imprinting', like those geese who thought the ultralight was it's mommy! :-)

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    Vic,
    I think the second F-100 photo is accually of another team. I think they were called "The Starblazers" or something like that. I could be wrong, I just seem to remember reading about them somewhere.

    An interesting side note to the F-4's. There's one of the original Thunderbird F-4's on display at the Castle AFB museum. I think the story was that when they recieved the Phantom, it was painted in National Guard colors. After researching the serial number to find out the history of it, they discovered it was a Thunderbird. It's on display in it's Thunderbird colors. The first time I ever saw the Thunderbirds was at Mather AFB when they were in the F-4's, around '69, or 70. I was only five or six, and I remember they were LOUD! Just like many of you out there, I've never given up the dream of becoming a Thunderbird since that day! What can I say, I'm a Geek too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Race 29
    Vic,
    I think the second F-100 photo is accually of another team. I think they were called "The Starblazers" or something like that. Race 29
    By god, if you're not right on that. I wasn't paying attention to that thumb! That team was called the "Skyblazers", and it was essentially the USAF "Europe" demonstration team that co-existed in the 50's and early '60's with the Thunderbirds. They flew F-86's before they flew the Huns.

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    Race 29 I was just testing you guys. The second pic is of the Skyblazers. That's why started the thread as Vintage Thunderbirds and.... I was woundering if anyone would notice.

    Speed I think you got your fonts backwards. That F-4 shot is from a series of slides and their all dated Jun. '69

    Here's one of the T-38's

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    Gee -- I feel like a real Newbie reading these threads -- I never saw any aero team in the Phantom. When I finally started airshows and Racing the 'Birds were in T-38s and the Blues in A-4s.

    Makes me feel young again....

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