Thunderbirds pilot who died in crash honored in Saugus memorial service

SAUGUS, Calif (KABC) -- Family and friends are remembering Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, a Thunderbirds pilot.

His memorial service was held Sunday at Saugus High School, his alma mater.

Del Bagno died April 4 while performing a routine aerial demonstration training flight in Nevada.

The 34-year-old was from Valencia. This was his first year with the Air Force's famous Thunderbirds flying team.

The memorial service included a 21-gun salute.

Following his death, the Thunderbirds canceled their planned appearance at last weekend's air show at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County.
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