U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds come to Chicago

IMG_1170This year the Chicago Air and Water show will play host to the United States Air Force Demonstration Squadron known as the Thunderbirds. They arrived at Gary Airport this morning – Gary is where the Air show is staged every year. They’ll be taking some much needed time off while in Chicago, and will begin practicing again on Friday. The team has made some interesting changes this year – to bolster the Air Force’s “Total Force Initiative”, they have taken on a member of the Air National Guard, and the Reserves. Maj Sean Gustafson has been a member of the USAF since his graduation from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Civil Engineering. Maj Gustafson is a reservist on military leave from his job with Delta Airlines. He is the first reserve officer to fly with the team in their 56 year history. Maj Gustafson has over 80 hours of combat experience in the F-16. I had a chance to ask Maj Gustafson a couple of questions (thanks to Ed Janz of Pixel Brothers for shooting this video):

 

 

 

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