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Thunderbird Crash

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Too much sad news lately. Again, thoughts and prayers to those affected.

 

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The Thunderbirds are scheduled for their first show since the crash this Saturday, 28 Apr, at the Charleston Air Expo, which is also the first open house/airshow to be held at Charleston AFB since 2011.  Hopefully the weather will co-operate, as everyday the chance of rain for Saturday keeps creeping up. 

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From a Facebook post on the official Thunderbirds page:

 

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - Maj. Nick "Khan" Krajicek has been named as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron's Thunderbird 4/Slot Pilot for the remainder of the 2018 show season.

 

Krajicek is an experienced Thunderbird alumnus who performed as the Slot Pilot during the 2016 and 2017 show seasons.

 

"We're grateful to have Khan coming back to the team," said Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbird 1, Commander/Leader. "His experience and familiarity with our team's mission and the demonstration profile make him the right choice as we safely make our way back on the road to recruit, retain and inspire once more."

To facilitate Krajicek's requalification training, the Thunderbirds' participation at the Charleston Air Show and the Fort Lauderdale Air Show have been canceled.  The team's participation in the Laughlin AFB Air Show and the Air Power over Hampton Roads air shows are being evaluated and are dependent on the team's readiness to perform a safe 6-ship aerial demonstration.  Krajicek has logged more than 3,400 flight hours as a military pilot, with more than 650 hours of combat experience. He flew UH-60 Blackhawks in the Army, is an F-16C/D Fighting Falcon instructor pilot and commissioned into the Air Force in 2004.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Edited by Moose135

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On ‎4‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 6:24 PM, afspret said:

The Thunderbirds are scheduled for their first show since the crash this Saturday, 28 Apr, at the Charleston Air Expo, which is also the first open house/airshow to be held at Charleston AFB since 2011.  Hopefully the weather will co-operate, as everyday the chance of rain for Saturday keeps creeping up. 

Well, it was announced today that, as stated my Moose135, the Thunderbirds will not be appearing at the Charleston Air & Space Expo.

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Caught their practice "low show" this afternoon, it's been a long time since I've seen that.  They'll need it for the airshow this weekend; it's supposed to be crap on Friday and Saturday and a toss up for Sunday according to the NOAA website.

 

Regards,

Murph

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