I am Thunderbird #2, a combat fighter pilot currently serving as Left Wingman with the USAF Thunderbirds. Ask Me Anything!
Everywhere around the world, they’re coming to America. Every time that flag is unfurled, they’re coming to America… Neil Diamond sings as 6 of the most spectacular jet fighters fly over a crowd of thousands. We are at 500 feet, 450 MPH, and only 18 inches apart from one another. This is the opening of one of the most awesome demonstrations of American Airpower. This is about the pride, precision, and power that your fellow Americans demonstrate every day as part of the world’s greatest and most respected air and space force. This is a USAF Thunderbirds airshow.
Hey y’all. I am Major Josh Boudreaux, Thunderbird #2, and I am excited to be able to chat with you today. I am the left wingman for the Team and my job is to maintain formation position as close as 18 inches from the leader and back the commander up throughout the show with confirmatory radio calls as we transition between maneuvers. I would not consider myself an adrenaline junky (my brother is a Hurricane Hunter pilot and I think he earned that designation), but I love flying anytime I can. I was fortunate enough to attend the Air Force Academy, be on the wrestling team, fly and instruct as a glider pilot, compete as a cross-country glider pilot and jump out of airplanes with the parachute team.
I love my job (if you want to call it that), but I also enjoy spending my limited amount of down time with my three young sons and my beautiful wife. I am a southern boy from Covington, Louisiana (40 miles north of Nawlins – New Orleans for non-locals). I love to fish, hunt and spend time outdoors. We have lived all over the country, in Asia and in Europe (7 places in all over the past 10 years). My family and I have enjoyed the adventure the Air Force has provided us with. I have flown over 3,000 hours, 100 combat missions and been to over 20 countries.
With that, I invite you to ASK ME ANYTHING! Please feel free to share with me your thoughts and questions.