AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRD PILOT AND FLIGHT
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The Air Force top brass were embarrassed, so someone had to be the scapegoat.
And, if multiple reports coming in to our newsroom Sunday night are correct, top Thunderbirds pilot Maj. Alex Turner and his flight commander, Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, have been fired and their careers ruined.
Neither officer deserve such a result, but Pentagon generals don't like egg on their face, and that's just what they got after a Thunderbirds F-16 crashed moments after performing a low-level flyover of Barack Hussein Obama, when the loquacious "commander-in-chief" finally finished his remarks June 2nd to the Air Force Academy's graduating class.
It wasn't the precision flying team's fault one of the aircraft ran out of fuel. If Obama had kept to his schedule, and Maj. Turner had a little more luck, he would've glided in for a safe landing, utilizing the last fumes in his empty fuel tank.
Here's what the USAF public affairs folks don't want you to know.
GENERALS PIN THE BLAME ON PILOTS
First of all, Obama was late showing up for the graduation, and the already aloft T-Birds had to go into a gas-guzzling holding pattern, waiting for their part of the ceremony to take place. This dangerously depleted fuel and put all six pilots - to say nothing of the throngs on the ground - in harm's way.
The POTUS droned on and on, and some 20 minutes before the Thunderbirds were to go into their aerial act, Maj. Turner informed his flight leader his jet was "very low" on gas. Hammond told the pilot to not use his after-burner for the flyby.
All the F-16s safely made the maneuver, but Turner's craft flamed out seconds before he could land. After guiding his plane away from homes and populated areas of Colorado Springs, the major safely bailed out. The jet came to a rest in a grassy field. Due to lack of fuel, there was no fire.
Was Turner or the other pilots to blame? Of course not. They were right on time, but "on-his-own screwed-up schedule" Obama labored to finish his speech.
A couple days later, some generals higher up the food chain, decided to drop the hammer on Hammond and Turner. Gone was the effusive praise. Now someone was needed to blame the embarrassment on, and so the big shots cravenly chose two outstanding pilots as sacrificial lambs.