Fighter Sweep reported this week about the F-16 that crashed on the Nevada Test Range near Nellis AFB, Las Vegas.

The Thunderbirds pilot killed in Wednesday’s crash has been identified as Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, according to a statement from the U.S. Air Force.

“We are mourning the loss of Major Del Bagno,” Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, said in a statement. “He was an integral part of our team and our hearts are heavy with his loss. We ask everyone to provide his family and friends the space to heal during this difficult time.”

Authorities are continuing to investigate the mishap that led to the crash, though no details were provided in Thursday’s update. Major Del Bagno is originally from Valencia, California, and he had logged 1,400 hours as an Air Force pilot. – 3 News Las Vegas

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Maj. Stephen Del Bagno

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