Thunderbird jet finishes Service Life Extension Program

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds received the first F-16C Fighting Falcon to finish the Service Life Extension Program April 27 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The program boosts aircraft’s capabilities by extending the life expectancy of the aircraft. This is accomplished by conducting an in-depth inspection that involves stripping paint, removing panels, and replacing parts that cannot be conducted at a normal maintenance unit.

The jet entered the program back in December 2016 and, with a brand new coat of paint, returned home to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. to fly in the Thunderbird #4/Slot position for the upcoming Thunderbird’s show season.

Along with inspecting and collecting one of the team’s F-16s, members of the Thunderbirds team toured the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Group.

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