From 1974 to 1983, the Thunderbirds flew the T-38 Talon--not a combat aircraft, but a trainer. The reason: It was more fuel-efficient and cost less to maintain than the F-4e Phantom it replaced.
May 2, 2009 11:00 AM PDT
Photo by: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Steve Thurow
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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