NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Neveda. – A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range Wednesday at approximately 10:30 a.m. during a routine aerial demonstration training flight. The identity of the pilot is being withheld for 24-hours pending next of kin notification. An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.
The team’s participation at the March Air Reserve Base “The March Field Air & Space Expo” has been cancelled. It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season.
More information will be provided by the Thunderbirds as it becomes available.
The Thunderbirds are more than the Air Force’s demonstration team — to us, they’re family. As we mourn the loss of our Airman, our hearts are with the pilot’s family, friends and Wingmen. https://t.co/8Zh9Iy4fTL
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) April 5, 2018