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Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dale Cooke, former 1982 Thunderbirds slot pilot and Lt. Col. Richard McCurdy, 2nd Fighter Training Squadron commander (middle position), are accompanied by U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds Maj. Nick Krajicek, slot pilot (left), and Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, operations officer (bottom right), during a low pass over the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., April 21, 2017. Cooke flew aircraft #177 (Slot Machine) in the early 1980s and the name Slot Machine was carried over to the current F-16 Falcon that holds the slot position in the Thunderbirds formation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz/ Released)


Flight of the Thunderbirds

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dale Cooke, former 1982 Thunderbirds slot pilot and Lt. Col. Richard McCurdy, 2nd Fighter Training Squadron commander (middle position), are accompanied by U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds Maj. Nick Krajicek, slot pilot (left), and Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, operations officer (bottom right), during a low pass over the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., April 21, 2017. Cooke flew aircraft #177 (Slot Machine) in the early 1980s and the name Slot Machine was carried over to the current F-16 Falcon that holds the slot position in the Thunderbirds formation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz/ Released)

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