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.

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