TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida — Air Force Maj. Alex Turner has done it hundreds of times.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot took off June 2, 2016, for an Air Force Thunderbirds flyover during the Air Force Academy graduation.

He was well-informed on the flying routine and communicated consistently with his teammates — standard procedure for any flyover.

“I never approach flying … with a cocky or naive or complacent attitude because there are people out there who think bad things aren’t going to happen, whereas I am the opposite — prepare for the worst hope for the best,” Turner said during an interview.

Military.com sat down with Turner, caught up with members of the team and even took a ride in an F-16D two-seater on April 21.

Turner recounted details of that fateful flyover.

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