Kalispell pilot fulfills childhood dream of flying as an Air Force Thunderbird – Mountain Madness Airshow at Glacier International Airport

Jason Curtis will have a lot on his mind this weekend.

For one thing, he’ll be aiming the jet he pilots directly at another one being flown by Blaine Jones. They’ll be traveling in excess of a combined 1,000 mph, and not until they are just inches apart will either one of them make a move to avoid a mid-air collision.

But at some point – most likely after they’ve dodged that bullet – Curtis is quite certain he’ll look down on the crowd at Saturday and Sunday’s Mountain Madness Airshow at Glacier International Airport and wonder:

Could there be, among all those people, a child so taken with what he or she is witnessing in the skies over Kalispell that it sticks with them for years – decades even – to the point that one day, say in about 2044, that child finds themselves one of the six pilots who make up the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds ?

By Vince Devlin

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