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Three of the five Thunderbuzzards (U.S. Air Force photo)

Three of the five Thunderbuzzards (U.S. Air Force photo)

Ironically, Len Moon, a Thunderbuzzard, became one of the Thunderbirds in 1973. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Ironically, Len Moon, a Thunderbuzzard, became one of the Thunderbirds in 1973. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - A thunderbuzzards uniform in the Badge of Honor: 100 Missions Up North exhibit in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - A thunderbuzzards uniform in the Badge of Honor: 100 Missions Up North exhibit in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

From 1971-1972, the 469th TFS and 34th TFS at Korat RTAFB escorted end of tour aircraft with the humorous 5-man team called the "Thunderbuzzards." Mimicking the famous Air Force Thunderbirds, they had special suits and rode motorscooters in various formations as they led returning aircraft to the revetments.

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