Looking for Thunderbird archival help

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Tbird0584
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Looking for Thunderbird archival help

Post by Tbird0584 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:26 am

In June of 1984 the Thunderbirds made a stop and show in The Netherlands at Soesterberg airbase. This I only recently found out being 2.5 months after my birth. I was wondering if anyone can help match names to jet number/airframe serial for that specific timeframe, as I am looking to build scale models of a few airframes.

#1 is Lt. Col. Larry Stellmon
#5 I want to say is Capt. John Bostick

Wondering if 81-0679 was also part of the ensemble and if so what number it had.

Thanks for letting me join.
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Re: Looking for Thunderbird archival help

Post by Lawndart » Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:52 pm

Welcome! I believe you have the correct 1984 pilots for the positions you mentioned. I’m by no means an expert at serial numbers, but these links might help you:

F-16.net: F-16 Aircraft Database - USAF Thunderbirds F-16s

1984 #5:
F-16.net: F-16 Aircraft Database - Airframe Details for F-16 #81-0679

1984 #1:
F-16.net: F-16 Aircraft Database - Airframe Details for F-16 #81-0663
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Re: Looking for Thunderbird archival help

Post by Tbird0584 » Sat Oct 02, 2021 12:49 pm

Great, thanks.

Now that we have confirmed 81-0679 is indeed #5 with Capt John Bostick as the pilot, I am in need of the name on the other side of the canopy for June 1984, as well as the flags composition. Can only find one very grainy pic.

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Lawndart wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:52 pm
Welcome! I believe you have the correct 1984 pilots for the positions you mentioned. I’m by no means an expert at serial numbers, but these links might help you:

F-16.net: F-16 Aircraft Database - USAF Thunderbirds F-16s

1984 #5:
F-16.net: F-16 Aircraft Database - Airframe Details for F-16 #81-0679

1984 #1:
F-16.net: F-16 Aircraft Database - Airframe Details for F-16 #81-0663
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Re: Looking for Thunderbird archival help

Post by Lawndart » Sun Oct 03, 2021 11:05 am

You could try to reach out to the TB Alumni Association about your project, and ask for their help identifying the crew chiefs for the 1984 #5 jet…

https://www.tbaa.org/
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