Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Thunderbirds pilot dies in crash

Thunderbirds pilot dies in crash Thunderbirds pilot dies in crash
Gerardo Duncan | 06 April, 2018, 10:56

According to a press release from the squadron, the crash happened during routine training Wednesday morning around 10:30.

The Air Force is now withholding the identity of the pilot.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known and the Accident Investigation Board of the Air Force was investigating.

The team's participation at the March Air Reserve Base "The March Field Air & Space Expo" has been canceled.

The Air Force Thunderbirds pilot who died in a fighter jet crash on Wednesday has been identified as an experienced flyer who worked as a consultant on the upcoming Captain Marvel film.

In June 2017, the Thunderbirds pulled out of a scheduled air show after one of their jets crashed during training leading up to the two-day Dayton Air Show in Ohio. The jet was part of the 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit and operated from the USS Iwo Jima assault ship.

Both the Army Golden Knights and the Warbird Flyby Parade acts will honor Del Bagno by presenting missing man formations during their performances for the Air Show, base officials announced Thursday.

The Thunderbirds formed in 1953 as the Air Demonstration Unite at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. "That's why we have been enthralled by them for 65 years", Davis said of the Thunderbirds.

The crash on Wednesday was the third USA military crash this week.

Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, who was already a member of the Thunderbirds team, was later named the team's commander. The team's worst accident was the "Diamond Crash" in 1982. The condition of the pilot is presently unknown, but emergency responders are on the scene.

According to the Aviationist, last Tuesday an American CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed north of the Mexico-California border, near the city of El Centro, killing the four people aboard. The helicopter was assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out of the Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

Wednesday's crash is the latest in a string of high-profile incidents involving the demonstration team that performs annually at air shows across the country.

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