Thunderbird Lead
7 ft x 21 ft oil (1985)
U.S. Air Force Art Collection
Mark and Matthew Waki


This mural was a combined effort of Matthew and Mark Waki. It was commissioned by the USAF Tactical Fighter Weapons Center and is on permanent display with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada. Depicted are all of the aircraft types flown by the team since 1953.

From left to right: Republic F-84G Thunderjet 1950-55, North American F-100C Super Sabre 1956-63, McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II 1969-73, General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon 1982 to Present, North American F-100D Super Sabre 1964-69, Northrop T-38A Talon 1974-1982, Republic F-105B Thunderchief 1964, Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 1955-56.

This painting was reproduced as a signed and numbered limited-edition lithograph. The edition is sold out and is no longer available. The artists retain all reproduction rights to this painting. Any unauthorized use of this image is strictly forbidden.