10 Apr '18, 3pm

More shows canceled as Air Force Thunderbirds mourn lost pilot

The Thunderbirds have canceled two more shows in the wake of the crash that killed one of its pilots. The Air Force’s elite demonstration team is also preparing to hold a memorial for Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, who died April 4 when his F-16 crashed at the Nevada Test and Training Range during what the Air Force described as routine aerial demonstration training. “We remember Cajun as an airman, a warrior, a talented fighter pilot, and a great friend with more than 3,500 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft,” Thunderbirds commander Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, referring to Del Bagno by his call sign, said in a video posted Monday. “He lived to fly and inspire the next generation.” Walsh said the Thunderbirds are preparing to hold a memorial service for Del Bagno this week to “honor Cajun’s legacy and celebrate his amazing life.” “We’re taking care of Cajun’s family,” Walsh sai...

Full article: https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/04...

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