Maj. Nick Krajicek, a T-38 Talon pilot, flies in a two-ship formation with retired Lt. Col. Dale Cooke, a former T-38 pilot, over Tyndall Air Force Base and Panama City, Fla., April 21, 2017. The T-38 in the formation was the same jet Cooke flew during his tenure on the team. The Thunderbirds transitioned from the T-38 to the F-16 in 1982.

 

U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz

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