Air Force Thunderbirds swoop into Utah

Jun 21, 2018, 4:55 PM | Updated: Jun 23, 2018, 1:15 am

Hill Air Force Base, Utah – Some people will tell you the booming sound of a military jet is the sound of freedom.

Others will use words we can’t repeat on here. Not because they’re mad at the noise, but simply because of how cool seeing those jets flying is.

“Oh, yeah, it’s definitely enjoyable,” said Major Nick Krajicek with a grin.

Maj. Nick Krajicek

Major Krajicek just might have one of the coolest jobs in the world.

He’s a pilot for the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds team.

It’s an aerial demonstration unit that performs at air shows across the country and the world.

“It’s like the coolest roller coaster ever that you get to control,” said Major Krajicek.” We pull in excess up to, and including, 9 G’s, so that’s pretty crazy.”

Crazy is another word.

This weekend, Hill Air Force Base is going to be full of people crazy for the Warriors Over The Wasatch air show.

The Thunderbirds arrived at Hill Air Force Base Thursday afternoon from their home at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas.

It only took them 45 minutes to get to Hill.

Then, the team of seven pilots spent about 30 minutes doing maneuvers on what’s called a “site survey” to look at reference points, distances, and the mountains.

Many people in northern Utah Thursday afternoon might have seen the white jets flying overhead.

“Those beautiful Wasatch Mountains, they’re going to, one, present a challenge, and then two, they’re going to present just an amazing backdrop for everybody to watch the show so it is just amazing flying here,” said Major Krajicek.

The Warriors Over The Wasatch air show is scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd, and Sunday, June 24th, at Hill Air Force Base.

“Anytime we get to showcase the Air Force’s premiere demonstration team that’s amazing. Not only to show it off to the public, but that is our recruiting tool,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Thomas with Hill Air Force Base.

“We’re trying to inspire the next generation of airmen,” said Maj. Krajicek, who will be flying in his second air show at Hill Air Force Base. “I would tell anybody that they can do it. They just have to try hard, not give up, and have that dream.”

Thunderbirds in formation Thunderbird over Utah Thunderbirds at Hill Air Force Base on June 21, 2018. (KSL TV) Jets streaking across the sky Thunderbird pilot lands Row of jets at Hill Air Force Base F-16 on the ground at Hill Air Force Base

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