By Matthew O. Stephens
Cheney Free Press 

Hometown hero flies with Thunderbirds


Last updated 5/19/2022 at 1:57pm

Matthew O. Stephens – Free Press Publishing

Airway Heights Youth Engagement Specialist Officer Patrick Carbaugh puts on a helmet and gets ready for his Hometown Hero flight with the Air Force Thunderbirds.

FAIRCHILD AFB – Airway Heights Youth Engagement Specialist (YES) Officer Patrick Carbaugh got the chance to fly with the Air Force Thunderbirds after being nominated as a Hometown Hero for the region.

Major Jake Impellizzeri took Carbaugh into a straight vertical climb after liftoff, putting him under six G's of force. His body was under pressure equal to six times the force of gravity, and in another part of the flight, Impellizzeri took Carbaugh up to nine G's.

"It was super intense and exciting," Carbaugh said. "There was a moment where I thought I might get sick but I held on and didn...

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