Thornton Aircraft Company is the leading supplier of high performance jet aircraft for the television and motion picture industries. Our aircraft are the most modern military type aircraft currently in civilian hands.
Two types of aircraft are owned and operated by Thornton Aircraft Company. The F-5 single seat supersonic jet fighter was produced by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and numerous foreign governments from 1961 to 1987. Over 2000 of these aircraft were built during that period. The F-5 was active during the Vietman War and is still in use by many foreign governments and the U.S. Navy for aggressor pilot training. The aircraft measures approximately 47 feet in length, has a wing span of 25 feet and stands 13 feet above the ground. Our aircraft is painted in a NATO grey color scheme.
F-5 Supersonic Jet Fighter
The T-38 is the two seat trainer version of the F-5. The size, appearance and performance of the two aircraft are very similar. The T-38 was produced by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force and NASA from 1960 to 1971. It was also used by the USAF Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team until 1985. It is still used by the Air Force as an advanced supersonic jet trainer and by NASA for astonaut proficiency training. The Thornton Aircraft Company T-38 is painted in a blue and grey camouflage scheme.
T-38 Advanced Supersonic Jet Trainer
Experienced SAG pilots, aerial coordinators and ground support personnel, together with rigorous maintenance programs, have assured that our work has been performed in a safe and timely manner and on budget.
Motion picture credits include:
Amazing Grace and Chuck
The Sky's on Fire
In addition, our aircraft have been featured in over thirty television commercials. The company holds an FAA Approved Operations Manual covering its filming activities.