U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds to bring precision flying to Little Rock air show this weekend

Pilots prepare for takeoff in two shows at Air Force Base

Sgt. 1st Class Chad Riddlebaugh, with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, leaps out of a plane during a promotional jump over Cabot High School on Thursday in preparation for the Thunder Over the Rock air show. More photos at arkansasonline.com/1021knights/.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe)
Sgt. 1st Class Chad Riddlebaugh, with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, leaps out of a plane during a promotional jump over Cabot High School on Thursday in preparation for the Thunder Over the Rock air show. More photos at arkansasonline.com/1021knights/. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe)


The pilot of plane No. 3 in the U.S. Air Force's Demonstration Squadron -- aka the Thunderbirds -- goes by many titles.

First, there's his rank and given name: Maj.

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