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Major Stephen 'Cajun' Del Bagno & Captain Marvel

For those who saw "Captain Marvel" at theaters around the world this past weekend and stayed through to the end of the credits, they would have seen a tribute to someone well known to us at the Lone Star Flight Museum.  The blockbuster superhero movie was dedicated “In memory of Major Stephen ‘Cajun’ Del Bagno, Thunderbird 4.”  During the filming of the movie, Major Del Bagno served as a technical advisor and even had a cameo appearance playing Crud, a form of billiards popular with fighter pilots with lead actress Brie Larson.  During a several week period at Nellis Air Force Base, he taught the cast and crew a great deal about the culture and capabilities of the U. S. Air Force.

Del Bagno died in a training accident with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds last April, just a week after finishing with the work on "Captain Marvel."  He had visited the Lone Star Flight Museum during the 2017 Wings Over Houston airshow and was deeply impressed by our aircraft and facility.  In fact, he was so impressed that he told everyone on the team, as well as his family and friends, about what a great time he had here at Lone Star.  After his death, both the Thunderbirds and Del Bagno’s family agreed that his Thunderbird #4 flight suit should be donated to the museum he enjoyed so much.  Today, the flight suit is a cherished part of the museum’s permanent collection and a solid reminder of a dedicated airman who took great joy in sharing the excitement of aviation with everyone he came in contact with.  

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