Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tyndall pilot to be No. 1 Thunderbird

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Tyndall's Lt. Col. Matthew "Pipper" Bradley, 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron operations director, has been selected to be Thunderbird No. 1. Bradley will be joining the team in 2014, the 61st year of the Air Force's flight demonstration team. In his current job, Bradley is in charge of planning visits from 30 squadrons to Tyndall each year. The squadrons come for two weeks to shoot missiles and scrimmage with drones as part of Combat Archer. Bradley has logged more than 1,300 flying hours in the F-15C Eagle, but as Thunderbird No. 1, he'll be flying the F-16C Fighting Falcon and will also be in the commanding position in the team. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 04/18/13)