Brian Hamacher

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Cancel Fort Lauderdale Air Show Performance

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds have canceled their performance at next weekend's Fort Lauderdale Air Show following the death of a pilot during training earlier this month.

The U.S. Navy announced Thursday that the F/A-18F Super Hornet will now perform and headline the event, which takes plavce May 5-6 at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Maj. Stephen Del Bagno was killed in a F-16 Fighting Falcon crash at the Nevada Test and Training Range on April 4. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

In addition to the U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, other military performers confirmed include the New York Air National Guard C-17 GlobeMaster III Demo and the U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo. Other military aircraft flyovers are planned.

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