Flight of the Thunderbirds
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dale Cooke, former U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot (back seat), and Lt. Col. Richard McCurdy, 2nd Fighter Training Squadron commander (front seat), complete a pre-flight checklist before taxing for take-off at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., April 21, 2017. Cooke and McCurdy would complete a historical flight with two current Thunderbirds over the Gulf of Mexico. Cooke last flew Slot Machine (aircraft #177) 35 years ago, it is the last original unmodified T-38A Thunderbird. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz/ Released)