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F-16 Viper Demo team honors Capt Will "Pyro" Dubois

August 17, 2015 (by Anthony Cornelius) - The F-16 Viper demo team traveled to Colorado to tear up the Colorado foothills for the annual Rocky Mountain Airshow held at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport during the weekend of the 14th-16th. While the Viper Demo team has performed in Colorado multiple times in the past, this show was a little bit unique.

A USAF F-16C block 30 in formation with a P-51 'Febuary' during the Heritage portion of the demo. [Photo by Anthony Cornelius]

The weekend’s performances were dedicated to a fallen brother and Colorado native Capt Will "Pyro" Dubois. He was killed Dec. 1 2014 when his F-16 crashed on a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Middle East.

The Viper demo team dedicated the performances to Pyro and had a tent set up during the show to sell souvenirs in efforts to support Pyros foundation. The Viper demo team had a brief comment to give us on Pyro and his foundation.

“Capt Will "Pyro" Dubois gave his life doing what he loved, supporting a nation he believed in. He was an ROTC Cadet at Colorado State University and his family has set up the Pyro's Wings Foundation to help ensure his legacy lives on. Please see to learn more. He was a lover, a fighter, a Viper driver, and sometimes a drinker. And, he left us too soon. Double Down...”

Both days the Viper demo team executed the show flawlessly despite weather concerns and honored Pyro by pushing the Viper to the limits and busting some ear drums in his home state.

In Memoriam
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Capt. Craig 'Rocket' Baker waves to the rest of the team and gets pumped up before the Friday practice demo. [Photo by Anthony Cornelius]

Capt. Craig 'Rocket' Baker just living up to his call sign, turnin and burnin over Colorado. [Photo by Anthony Cornelius]
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