With fuel prices sky-high, some of the world's most accomplished fliers are having to practice economies.
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Background: With fuel prices sky-high, some of the world's most accomplished fliers are having to practice economies. The United States Air Force aerobatics team, the Thunderbirds, has just switched to a smaller, lighter aircraft in order to save fuel.
They've chosen a compact-sized trainer, The T-38 Talon, for their 22nd season of spectacular precision flying. The Thunderbirds have already performed before 100 million spectators. Now they can continue to whip up public interest and help recruitment, while demonstrating economies at the same time.
SYNOPSIS: With fuel prices sky-high, some of the top United States fliers have been setting a good example by making economies of their own. The Thunderbirds, the United States Air Force aerobatics team, have adopted the small, compact trainer -- the T-38 Talon -- for their displays of precision flying.
They say the Talon not only helps them get to grips with fuel economies, it costs less to maintain, as well. Even though its smaller than the aircraft the pilots are used to, they say they like the Talon. It's fast, with a speed of eight-hundred-and-thirty miles an hour. And it can climb at a rate of thirty-thousand feet a minute. Best of all, of course, it's highly manoeuvrable. The Thunderbiros decided to switch to smaller jets at the height of last winter's fuel crisis.
Now they've completely familiarised themselves with the Talon, and have embarked on their twenty-second season of precision flying. Since the group was formed, they've displayed their skills to more than a hundred-million spectators, whipping up public interest in the Air Force and helping recruitment. Now they demonstrate economies, as well.