Tag: Thunderbirds

The Blue Angels F11F Back-to- Back Pass that thrilled SAC General Curtis Lemay
General Curtis LeMay threw his cigar down and said, ‘I don’t believe this.’ The Blue Angels traded the F9F-8 Cougar for the supersonic F11F Tiger in 1957. As told by Nicholas A. Veronico in his book The Blue Angels a Fly-By History, The two solo pilots on...
Captain Marvel Movie pays tribute to Fallen Thunderbird, Air Force Heritage, and Aviation History
One airman whom Captain Marvel crew met at Nellis in 2018 was Thunderbirds pilot Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno, the team’s skilled slot pilot who flew its No. 4 jet. Del Bagno tragically died in a crash while training last April. “Captain Marvel,” the latest of Marvel’s superhero films, pays tribute to...
After transitioning into a descending half-loop maneuver (Split-S) Major Stephen Del Bagno experienced a G-LOC becoming completely incapacitated for a period On Oct. 16, 2018 Air Combat Command (ACC) released an accident investigation board report regarding the F-16 Thunderbird crash which occurred on Apr. 4, 2018. Major Stephen Del Bagno, an F-16CM pilot assigned to the United States Air Force Air...
Showcasing the F-14: when the Grim Reapers staged flight demonstrations of the mighty Tomcat
No single aircraft was more exciting, more sought after on the show circuit than the F-14 Tomcat The following article titled U.S. Navy Tomcat Flight Demonstration Team: Showcasing the F-14 and written by Lt. Bill Lind appeared in May-June 1999 issue of Naval Aviation News. If you're involved in Naval Aviation, or just have a love of flying and aircraft, chances are you've spent...
Thunderbirds to resume demonstrations this week at Air Power over Hampton Roads at JBLE
The return to regular performances is a pivotal milestone for the Thunderbirds as they recover from their first fatal mishap in 36 years The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic team is resuming its demonstration season this weekend after a fatal crash in Nevada one month ago. The team just announced on its website that they will resume their show at Air...
Thunderbirds pilot killed in F-16 crash at Nellis Air Force Base
The F-16 crash occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. during routine training on the Nevada Test and Training Range A U.S. Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet crashed on Apr. 4, 2018 at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Las Vegas. According to the service news release "a Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over...
The F-16D Fighting Falcon crashed into the grass as it taxied to the staging area following a performance at the Dayton Air Show As reported by Fox31 in an article brought to my attention by The Aviation Geek Club reader Jared Smith, an F-16D belonging to the USAF Thunderbirds carrying a passenger was flipped over by a strong gust of...
The aircraft was the original Slot Machine, the last operational unmodified T-38A Cooke flew with the Thunderbirds The beautiful video in this post shows retired Lt. Col. Dale Cooke experiencing the flight of a life time at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB). Cooke in fact flew for the Thunderbirds from 1979 to 1982 and recently he went to the 2nd Fighter...
As Thunderbirds chief enlisted manager, Hughes will provide advisory skills to the commander about aircraft maintenance and be the enlisted force manager for two years Upon enlisting as an F-15 Strike Eagle crew chief in 1997, Chief Master Sgt. Jason Hughes, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) chief enlisted manager (CEM), dedicated 20 years to servicing six airframes. Now, as explained by...
The Aviation Nation Air Show also featured the final performance of the year for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds As explained by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs in his article Aviation Nation highlights “75 Years of Airpower,” Aviation Nation, Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) air show and open house, took place on Nov....