Air Force Thunderbirds pilot killed; 3rd U.S. military crash in 2 days

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The fatal crash happened during a scheduled training flight on Wednesday at approximately 10:30 AM according to news reports.

The Thunderbirds pilot's identity is being withheld, pending next-of-kin notification.

The Thunderbirds, who serve as ambassadors and recruiters for the Air Force, canceled an appearance at an upcoming exposition in Southern California.

The Air Force Thunderbirds pilot who died in a fighter jet crash on Wednesday has been identified as an experienced flyer who worked as a consultant on the upcoming Captain Marvel film.

The squadron's last crash was in June 2016, when an F-16 went down in a Colorado field after performing a flyover for the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony.

U.S. officials confirmed the jet crashed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada at about 10.30am Pacific Daylight Time (5.30pm GMT).

A year later, in June 2017, a two-seat F-16D overrun the runway at Ohio's Dayton International Airport, overturning and injuring both crewmembers.

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The pilot expressed excitement about joining the Thunderbirds team to WEAR-TV back in the fall. Considered among the top aviators in the service, Thunderbirds pilots routinely fly their jets within inches of each other performing highly hard and unsafe stunts.

When a military jet crashed over central Nevada during an exercise Wednesday morning, its pilot was killed, according to CNN.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our Thunderbirds team", said Col. Matthew Burger, commander of the air mobility wing.

Phil Frank, a Vietnam veteran, came down to Creech Air Force Base to plant the United States flag and show his support.

Del Bagno was in his first season with the Thunderbirds flying as the team's Slot Pilot aboard Thunderbird 4, one of six F-16 aircraft that make up the elite flight demonstration team. This weekend's show would have been the team's third of 35 show sites planned this year. The team's worst accident was the "Diamond Crash" in 1982.

The massive CH-53E Super Stallion crashed about 100 miles to the south in a remote desert area just outside of El Centro, near the U.S. -Mexico border.

The Las Vegas plane crash occured during a "routine" drill at Nellis Air Force Base in the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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