In the span of a few minutes, a mysterious photo of the reportedly new USAF Viper West Demo pilot spread across the digital landscape as people shared a link allegedly from ACC Aerial Events. Surely, this meant the return of the single ship USAF demos and Heritage Flight, right? Hold on.
A reliable source in the Air Force confirmed pilots have not been announced or selected because the single ship demos have not been authorized to fly at this time. As previously reported on ATA, the USAF Thunderbirds are pressing ahead with their 2014 schedule and are diligently working to fly it up the command chain for release at the International Council of Air Shows Convention December 2-5, 2013.
Until, "official" word...throttle back and be patient.