USAF Thunderbird Crashes, Pilot Ejects Safely After Flyover at Air Force Academy Graduation

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A USAF Thunderbird crashed outside Colorado Springs just after a performance and flyby at the Air Force Academy graduation Thursday. The pilot was able to eject from the aircraft, and is initially believed to be uninjured.

The crash occurred minutes after President Barack Obama gave his final commencement address of his presidency — saying that America cannot afford to be isolationist.

Obama told the Air Force cadets the United States still maintains the strongest military force in the world, and argued that American leadership should be centered around continued nurturing of international alliances.

The cause of the crash is initially believed to be an engine failure. The Thunderbirds perform aerial demonstrations in the F-16C Fighting Falcon.

The crash was reported in the area of Powers and Fontaine, in the Security-Widefield area.

President Obama spoke to Air Force Academy cadet graduates about the role of the U.S. military in today’s world.




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