The Thunderbirds are the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force (USAF), based at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. They tour the United States and much of the world, performing aerobatic formation and solo flying in specially marked aircraft.
The team flies with six F-16C/D Block 52 aircraft. In total, the “Thunderbirds” use 12 F-16s; nine are C-models (6 used for the displays and the rest in reserve) and three two-seat D-models. In recent use, the slot aircraft (#4) usually employs a F-16D. The squadron’s home base is Nellis AFB, near Las Vegas.