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Memorial held for Thunderbirds pilot killed in crash

Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, a pilot with the Air Force Thunderbirds, died when his F-16 crashed during training in Nevada. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

Fighter jets flew overhead in the missing-man formation during a Southern California memorial for a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot who was killed in a crash during training.

Family, friends and fellow pilots remembered Maj. Stephen Del Bagno during the gathering Sunday at Saugus High School, his alma mater.

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His father, Joe, spoke of Del Bagno's pride in being part of the Air Force and a fellow member of the flight demonstration team praised his skills.

The 34-year-old Del Bagno died April 4 when his F-16 Fighting Falcon known as Thunderbird 4 crashed in the Nevada Test and Training Range north of Nellis Air Force Base.

Del Bagno's name will be added to a wall at his high school that honors heroes.


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