On May 15, The United States Air Force Thunderbirds performed a unique and very rare 8-ship formation flyover at Los Angeles to honor their lost teammate and healthcare workers also.
After the regular six-ship formation flyover at Los Angeles, The Thunderbirds formed a rare eight-ship formation to fly over Maj. Stephen ‘Cajun’ Del Bagno parents’ house. He died on a crash occurred on Apr 4, 2018, at Nevada Test and Training Range during a routine aerial demonstration training flight.
Maj. Del Bango flew #4 slot position and for that reason only the slot aircraft in formation released a smoke during ‘Cajun’s’ parents’ house flyover.
On the way, they performed a few flyovers with all eight F-16s releasing smoke.
Before the 8-ship flyover, The Thunderbirds were involved in unexpected incident when #6 broke the six-ship formation suddenly.