By Ty Greenlees, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
/ Published July 06, 2021
DAYTON, Ohio (6/21/2019) -- Members of the USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron signed autographs for aviation fans at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The Thunderbirds showcase the pride and precision of today’s Air Force with aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft and the high degree of skill required to operate such aircraft.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
Maj Kyle Oliver is the Opposing Solo Pilot for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 6 jet. He majored in communication technology and music and earned his commission in 2010 as a graduate of Ohio State University’s ROTC program. In college, he played intramural sports and was a member of the marching band. He enjoys playing golf, cycling and rock climbing in his spare time. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, he was an F-22 Instructor Pilot at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He has logged over 1,200 flight hours, including more than 230 hours of combat experience over Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He is in his first season with the team and hails from Beavercreek, Ohio.
DAYTON, Ohio -- On July 9 from 9 a.m. -10 a.m., visitors to the National Museum of the U.S.
Air Force can meet select members of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the
Thunderbirds, as they sign autographs. Museum doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m.
Visitors are requested to bring only one item per person to be autographed by the Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds showcase the pride and precision of today’s Air Force with aerial maneuvers to
exhibit the capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft and the high degree of skill required to
operate such aircraft. Additional Thunderbirds information and photographs are available at
Thunderbird team members attending the autograph session include #3 Maj. Zane Taylor, Right
Wing Pilot; #6 Maj. Kyle Oliver, Opposing Solo Pilot and 2005 Beavercreek High School graduate;
#10 Capt. Katie Moorkamp, Executive Officer; and three enlisted team members.
The Thunderbirds will be among the featured performers at this year’s CenterPoint Energy Dayton
Air Show on July 10-11. More information about the air show is available at
www.daytonairshow.com. (Federal endorsement is not implied.)
Visitors also can stop by the museum’s booth at the Air Show on Saturday, July 10 to learn more
about the museum.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near
Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the
museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid
more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year thousands of visitors from around the world
come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air
Force at (937) 255-3286.
NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Ty Greenlees at the National Museum of
the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1337.