US Air Force identifies Thunderbirds pilot killed in crash

07:45  06 april  2018
07:45  06 april  2018 Source:   NBC News

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In June 2016, a Thunderbirds F-16 crashed south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, after it and other Thunderbirds flew over a graduation ceremony at the US Air Force Academy. News. Pilot , officer killed in Navy jet crash off Florida coast.

A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Eric Shultz died when his plane crashed at the range. The Air Force has still not identified what Shultz was flying, but said it was assigned to Air Force Materiel Command.

Image: Stephen Del BagnoMaj. Stephen Del Bagno.© Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Stephen Del BagnoMaj. Stephen Del Bagno. The Thunderbirds pilot killed in a fighter jet crash in central Nevada was an experienced aviator who had logged more than 3,500 flight hours, the Air Force said Thursday.

The Air Force identified the pilot as Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, who had joined the elite Thunderbirds team this season and was on a routine demonstration training flight when he was killed on Wednesday. He was alone in the F-16 Fighting Falcon when it departed from Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas, and crashed at the Nevada Test and Training Range at about 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET).

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A Thunderbirds pilot was killed April 4, 2018, when his F-16 crashed during training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Eric Shultz died when his plane crashed at the range. The Air Force has still not identified what Shultz was flying, but said it was assigned to Air Force Materiel Command.

The Thunderbirds pilot , whose identity has not yet been released, was killed after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Testa and Training Range during a routine aerial demonstration training flight, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.

"We are mourning the loss of Major Del Bagno," Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, commander of the 57th Wing at Nellis AFB, said in a statement. "He was an integral part of the team, and our hearts are heavy with his loss."

The Thunderbirds said in a statement that the team's participation this weekend at an expo at the March Air Reserve Base in Southern California had been canceled.

The squad is known as "America's Ambassadors in Blue." The highly trained pilots perform aerobatic formations and maneuvers during military ceremonies.

Image: U.S. Air Force ThunderbirdsA member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flies over Daytona International Speedway during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race on Feb. 18, 2018.© Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: U.S. Air Force ThunderbirdsA member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flies over Daytona International Speedway during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race on Feb. 18, 2018. Del Bagno, of Valencia, California, was known as a slot pilot who flew the team's No. 4 jet. He graduated from Utah Valley State University in 2005 and after joining the Air Force served as an evaluator pilot, logging more than 3,500 total flight hours, according to his Thunderbirds biography.

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WASHINGTON – A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed Wednesday when his F-16 fighter jet crashed during a routine aerial demonstration training The pilot ’s name has yet to be released. The Pentagon withholds publicly identifying fallen servicemembers until 24 hours after family notification.

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Marvel Studios said Thursday night that Del Bagno was a consultant on "Captain Marvel," starring Brie Larson, which is scheduled to open next March. "We lost a friend yesterday," Marvel said on Twitter.

An investigation has been opened into the cause of the accident, which was the third U.S. military aircraft crash this week.

Four crew members were killed when a Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed Tuesday in California during a training mission along the U.S.-Mexico border west of El Centro. The Marine Corps identified the four members on Thursday.

The same day, a Marine Harrier jet crashed during takeoff from an airport in the East African nation of Djibouti. The pilot ejected ad was medically evaluated.

In September, a U.S. Air Force pilot, Lt. Col. Eric Schultz, died of injuries after a crash on the training range at Nellis, about 100 miles northwest of the base. He was assigned to a military command that conducts research and weapon system tests. Officials did not disclose the type of aircraft Schultz had been piloting.


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