He replaces Lt. Col. Jason Heard who was removed last month after his commanding officer said he “lost confidence in his leadership and risk management style,” according to an Air Force statement.
They said it was not related to a Thunderbird jet mishap in Dayton. On. June 23, a two-seat fighter jet slid off a wet runway in a rainstorm and overturned in a grassy area at the Dayton International Airport. A pilot was injured during the single aircraft “familiarization flight.”
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Walsh, a former F-16 weapons tactics instructor, has served with the Thunderbirds for two years and has more than 2,600 flying hours in the cockpit, the Air Force said.