I'm Major Curtis Dougherty, Thunderbird 4, the slot pilot for the 2013 USAF Thunderbirds and I'm ready for you to Ask Me Anything!
What's up, Reddit?
You've heard from Thunderbirds 1, 3, 5, and 6. They've talked about the challenges leading the Thunderbird airshow, barrel rolling 3 feet from another aircraft's wing, and flying at 150 feet, upside down, at 500+ miles per hour. They've also talked about combat experiences in the F-15, F-16, and F-22 as well as experiences around the world in the United States Air Force. I'm ready to discuss all that and more.
As the slot pilot for the 2013 USAF Aerial Demonstration Squadron, I'm ready for you to Ask Me Anything! I can tell you what it's like watching the show from the best seat in the house, flying 18 inches from the bottom Thunderbird 1's jet in "Arrowhead", or transitioning from -1Gs to +8Gs during the "Bomb Burst" rejoin. I would also love to tell you about my experience flying the F-15E Strike Eagle in the UK, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq, or all over the United States. I'm a native of Downingtown, Pennsylvania and a huge fan of outdoor sports and events. I’m also a husband and father. I look forward to hearing from you!