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Thunderbirds pilot killed in crash over Nevada training range was a UVU graduate

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Thunderbirds pilot who was killed in a crash over the Nevada Test and Training Range on Wednesday, April 4 has been identified as Major Stephen Del Bagno.

“We are mourning the loss of Major Del Bagno,” said Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander. “He was an integral part of our team and our hearts are heavy with his loss. We ask everyone to provide his family and friends the space to heal during this difficult time.”

Del Bagno was the squadron’s number 4 pilot. He was killed when his F-16 crashed during a routine aerial demonstration training flight.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash.

Del Bagno is a 2005 graduate of Utah Valley State University and commissioned from Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB in Alabama in 2007.

Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, Del Bagno served as an F-35A Evaluator Pilot and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 58th Fighter Squadron, Elgin AFB in Florida.

He was from Valencia, California.

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