First Female Pilot Joins Thunderbirds

The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron announced the selection of Capt. Nicole Malachowski as the first female pilot in the 52 years of the Thunderbirds flying team. Malachoski, a 1996 Air Force Academy graduate from Las Vegas, is also the first female demonstartion pilot on a military high-performance jet team, Air Force spokesman Maj. Vic Hines said. The F-15E pilot just returned from deployment in Southwest Asia. The 2006 Thunderbirds, whose six pilots fly F-16s, will begin training in the fall. Malachowski, 30, called her selection "a great privilege."
Source: USA Today

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