Showcasing the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marines Corp., the Blue Angels are one of the world’s premiere fight demonstration squadrons.
Founded in 1953, the elite U.S. Thunderbirds showcase the precision, professionalism, dedication, and pride of men and women serving in the U.S. Air Force.
A-10 Thunderbolt II ("Warthog")
Entering service in 1978, the heavily armored A-10 was specifically designed for close troop ground support. The entire plane was built around a powerful 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon which excelled at neutralizing tanks/armored vehicles and quick action against ground forces.
Named after the famed aviation pioneer, General William “Billy” Mitchell, the North American B-25 Michell bomber served in every theater during World War II. It was a medium-sized bomber with a carrying capacity of about 5,000 pounds (2268 kg). Nearly 10,000 B-25s were produced.
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Designed as a supersonic, highly maneuverable, multi-role, tactical fighter. Since initial production in 1978, over 4,600 F-16s have been built in many different variations. Production stopped in 2017 in favor of newer aircraft like the F-35 Lightning.
The F-22 is a stealth, twin-engine, tactical fighter built from 2005 to 2012. Its combination of advance avionics systems, stealth, and aerodynamic enable unprecedented air combat capabilities. About 187 are currently in service.
Entering service in 2015 and projected to operate until 2070, the single engine F-35 replaced the F-22 as the stealth, multi-role, combat aircraft for the U.S. military.