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Bearcat99
06-16-2005, 02:12 PM
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Thunderbirds' first female pilot announced with new 2006 pilots

06/16/2005 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (ACCNS) - The U.S. Air Force
Air Demonstration Squadron, "Thunderbirds," have announced their new
pilots for the 2006 demonstration season which includes the first female
demonstration pilot in the 52 year history of the Thunderbirds.

Leading the team as Thunderbird no. 1, commander/leader, will be Lt.
Col. Kevin Robbins, currently assigned to Air Force Weapons School,
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Joining the Thunderbirds in the no. 3 right wing position will be Capt.
Nicole Malachowski, currently assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron,
RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. Captain Malachowski will turn a new
page in history as the first female demonstration pilot on a U.S.
military high performance jet team.

The 2006 no. 6 pilot, flying the opposing solo position, will be Capt.
Ed Casey, currently assigned to the 56th Training Squadron, Luke Air
Force Base, Ariz.

The new advance pilot/narrator, Thunderbird no. 8, the voice of the
Thunderbirds, will be Capt. Tad Clark, currently assigned to the 52nd
Operations Support Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

Returning members of the 2005 team who will round out the 2006 team
include: Maj. Rusty Keen, Thunderbird No. 2, left wing; Maj. Steve
Horton, Thunderbird No. 4, Slot; Maj. Brian Farrar, Thunderbird No. 5,
lead solo; Maj. Jeremy Sloane, Thunderbird No. 7, Operations Officer;
Capt. Todd Randolph, Thunderbird No. 10, Executive Officer; and Capt.
Angela Johnson, Thunderbird No. 12, Public Affairs Officer. The team is
also in the process of interviewing a new Thunderbird No. 9, the Flight
Surgeon and a new Thunderbird No. 11, the Maintenance Officer.

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron is an Air Combat Command
unit comprised of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots),
four support officers, four civilians and about 120 enlisted Airmen
performing in more than 29 career specialties.

A Thunderbirds' demonstration is a mix of six aircraft, performing
formation flying and solo routines. The four-aircraft diamond formation
demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the
solos highlight the maximum capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-16
Fighting Falcon.

The team's first performance was June 8, 1953 at Luke Air Force Base,
Ariz. Since then, the Thunderbirds have flown before more than 310
million people at 3,944 air demonstrations in all 50 states and more
than 60 foreign countries.


Cogratulations Capt. Nicole Malachowski on making history..

<span class="ev_code_RED">~!</span><span class="ev_code_WHITE">S</span><span class="ev_code_BLUE">!~</span>

joeap
06-16-2005, 02:20 PM
Way to go! Is she married or otherwise occupied? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Bremspropeller
06-16-2005, 02:45 PM
S! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Owlsphone
06-16-2005, 03:56 PM
She's pretty good lookin AND she can fly like no other. There must be some magical island breeding hot women pilots.

Bremspropeller
06-16-2005, 04:09 PM
There's been a picture floating around showing three women - two Strike Eagle WHIZZOs and one female Viper driver - man, she didn't just fly a hot plane...she was hot herself http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

KGr.HH-Sunburst
06-16-2005, 09:19 PM
now where is that pic of the blonde girl flying an F-16 called "she devil"?