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Thunderbirds include pilot to replace officer killed in crash

Thursday, April 26, 2018|11:49 a.m.

. A veteran U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot is returning to the aerial presentation group to change a colleague who passed away during a training flight three weeks back.

An Air Force declaration said today that while Maj. Nick Krajicek requalifies, the six-member group has canceled plans to appear at air programs this weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, and next weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Boitz at Nellis Flying Force Base near North Las Vegas confirmed that Krajicek is returning to the Thunderbird 4 slot position he held in 2016 and 2017.

The Air Force is examining the April 4 crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon that killed Maj. Stephen Del Bagno in the remote Nevada Test and Training Variety north of Las Vegas.

Memorial held for Thunderbirds pilot eliminated in crash

Monday, April 16, 2018|9:29 a.m.

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Maj. Stephen Del Bagno SANTA CLARITA, Calif.– Fighter jets flew overhead in the missing-man formation during a Southern California memorial for a U.S. Flying force Thunderbirds pilot who was eliminated in a crash throughout training.

Household, good friends and fellow pilots remembered Maj. Stephen Del Bagno during the gathering Sunday at Saugus High School, his alma mater.

His dad, Joe, mentioned Del Bagno’s pride in becoming part of the Flying force and a fellow member of the flight demonstration group praised his abilities.

The 34-year-old Del Bagno died April 4 when his F-16 Combating Falcon known as Thunderbird 4 crashed in the Nevada Test and Training Range north of Nellis Air Force Base.

Del Bagno’s name will be contributed to a wall at his high school that honors heroes.

Thunderbirds pilot eliminated in F-16 crash outside of Las Vegas identified

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –

A U.S. Flying force Thunderbirds pilot eliminated when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed outside of Las Vegas Wednesday early morning has been determined.

The United States Air Force determined the pilot as Maj. Stephen Del Bagno.

“He was an integral part of our group and our hearts are heavy with his loss. We ask everyone to offer his family and friends the space to heal throughout this tough time,” stated Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt.

The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. throughout”regular aerial presentation training” on the Nevada Test and Training Range, a few miles north of Creech Flying Force Base in Indian Springs, inning accordance with Nellis Flying force Base.

The F-16 was appointed to Nellis Air Force Base.

The crash is under examination, Nellis Flying force Base said.

Phil Frank, a Vietnam veteran, boiled down to Creech Air Force Base to plant the United States flag and reveal his assistance. He lives across the street in Indian Springs.

“When it takes place close to home it does appear much more individual. There’s no if ands or buts. This is an important part of our neighborhood here,” Frank stated. “Unfortunately those things happen. It’s a terrible tragedy and our hearts head out to the households. It’s a rate that we pay for the freedom that these fellas are training to keep us in, the totally free nation that we are.”

Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, whose district includes Nellis Air Force Base, said she was ravaged to hear the news.

“I was extremely saddened to find out of the death of a U.S. Flying Force Thunderbirds F-16 pilot at the Nevada Test and Training Range,” she composed. “This is a terrible day for the Las Vegas community and the country. My heart goes out to the pilot’s friends and family and to the fine males and females of Nellis and the Thunderbirds team, whose significance to Las Vegas and our nation’s defense can not be overemphasized. I prompt the community to keep the Nellis household in your ideas during this tough time and to let servicemen and females know, now more than ever, that we value their service.”

The team’s participation at the March Air Reserve Base “The March Field Air & & Area Exposition” has actually been canceled. It is unidentified how the mishap will impact the rest of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season, Nellis Flying force Base stated.

Stay with FOX5 and FOX5Vegas.com for developments.

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Thunderbirds pilot killed in F-16 crash outside of Las Vegas

A giant television screen set up by the Air Force in the middle of the Nevada desert at the Nevada Test and Training Range is seen Friday, July 19, 2002. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
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Test and Training Range, a couple of miles north of Creech Flying force Base in Indian Springs. The F-16 was appointed to Nellis Flying force Base. The crash is under examination. The pilot’s name was not launched till near relative might be informed.

Phil Frank, a Vietnam veteran, came down to Creech Flying Force Base to plant the United States flag and reveal his assistance. He lives throughout the street in Indian Springs.

” When it happens close to house it does appear far more personal. There’s no if ands or buts. This is a vital part of our neighborhood here,” Frank said. “Unfortunately those things occur. It’s a terrible disaster and our hearts head out to the households. It’s a cost that we spend for the liberty that these fellas are training to keep us in, the totally free country that we are.”

Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, whose district consists of Nellis Air Force Base, said she was devastated to hear the news.

” I was terribly saddened to find out of the death of a U.S. Flying Force Thunderbirds F-16 pilot at the Nevada Test and Training Range,” she composed. “This is a tragic day for the Las Vegas neighborhood and the country. My heart goes out to the pilot’s friends and family and to the fine men and women of Nellis and the Thunderbirds group, whose value to Las Vegas and our country’s defense can not be overstated. I urge the neighborhood to keep the Nellis family in your ideas throughout this difficult time and to let service men and women know, now more than ever, that we appreciate their service.”

The group’s involvement at the March Air Reserve Base “The March Field Air & & Area Expo” has been canceled. It is unidentified how the mishap will affect the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season, Nellis AFB stated.

Stay with FOX5 and FOX5Vegas.com for developments.

Copyright 2018 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights scheduled.