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Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program's Capt. Will "Boar" Graeff, 88th Flying Training Squadron executive officer, is selected to be Thunderbird 2 for the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron for the 2018-2019 showseasons. As a Thunderbird, Graeff will be traveling approximately 200 days out of the year for two years, performing and executing maneuvers exhibiting the capabilities of the Air Force’s high-performance aircraft and the degree of skill required to operate them.
He will demonstrate to spectators the abilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon with maneuvers like the Diamond, a legendary formation used by the team where Thunderbirds 1-4 fly their aircraft as close as 18 inches apart at speeds of roughly 500 miles per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Brittany Curry)
ENJJPT pilot selected to fly with Thunderbirds
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds select Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training’s Capt Will “Boar” Graeff, to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon in the Thunderbird 2 demonstration pilot slot. Graeff, currently serving as 88th Flying Training Squadron executive officer, will join the ranks of the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron as an Ambassador in Blue for the 2018-2019 show season.
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