In 2004 Maj. Matt Beckley started his second season with the Thunderbirds flying the No. 4 jet as the slot pilot in the Diamond Formation. He has flown more than 2,100 hours in trainer and fighter aircraft, with more than 1,800 hours in the F-16C/D.
He joined the Air Force in 1992, upon graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Before joining the team, Maj Beckley was an F-16C flight commander, instructor pilot, and flight examiner for the F-16C Formal Training Unit, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, AZ.
F-16 Flying Hours
#695 on the 2K list
#2580 on the 1K list
Flying Hours on other aircraft
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