Thunderbird Pilot Dies in Crash in Nevada

A US Air Force F-16 pilot who was a member of the Thunderbird demonstration team has died as a result of a crashduring [a] routine training” flight:

“A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range today at approximately 10:30 a.m. during a routine aerial demonstration training flight,” the Wednesday statement said.

The pilot was not yet identified. The crash is one of several over the past few days that have also claimed two Marine Corps aircraft, a CH-53E and an AV-8B Harrier in Djibouti. The crew of the helicopter also perished.

Aviation — and particularly military aviation — remains a dangerous career.

Also at the Stars and Stripes.


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  • May the Lord bring comfort to the rest of the Thunderbird team as well as to his loved ones and family!