Portrait of a Thunderbird
Fort Worth, Texas
The F-16 Fighting Falcon of the Thunderbirds are impressive even when sitting idle for the night.
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,600 aircraft have been built since 1976 and it is the world's most numerous fixed-wing aircraft in military service.
The F-16's official name is "Fighting Falcon", but "Viper" is commonly used by its pilots and crews, due to a perceived resemblance to a viper snake as well as the Colonial Viper starfighter on Battlestar Galactica which aired at the time the F-16 entered service.
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