USAF Thunderbird Pilot Major Trevor “Dozen” Aldridge on Hard Work and Success (Episode 75)

The Air Force Thunderbirds Are the Best Pilots In The World

But getting there isn’t easy.

Join me for a great conversation with Thunderbird pilot Trevor “Dozen” Aldridge about hard work, success after failure, and reaching for your dreams.

Official Bio

Maj. Trevor Aldridge is the Left Wing Pilot for the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. As Thunderbird 2, he flies the #2 jet and serves as the teams Navigation Officer. He is in his first year on the team.

Aldridge is a 2009 graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Texas A&M University. He completed the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program, Sheppard AFB, Texas in 2011. After pilot training, he was assigned to the F-15C at Kadena AB, Japan where his squadron won the Raytheon Trophy twice and then Sheppard AFB, Texas as an instructor pilot teaching Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals and several other positions. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, Aldridge flew the F- l5C in the 493rd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

Special thanks to Thunderbirds public affairs officer, Captain Remoshay Nelson for making this possible!

This is the post that first captured my attention, and made me want to reach out to Major Aldridge:


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4 July 2020. I’ve flown fighter jets all over the world, and one of the major things that separate countries with good fighter pilots from bad, is the debrief. Good fighter pilots, after landing, go to debrief to objectively find errors, without prejudice for rank or position. No one has ever flown a perfect sortie. There are always mistakes to be found. Those that find and learn from those failures sharpen their sword for the next flight. The ones that don’t honestly address their mistakes are tactically incompetent. The reason they fear honesty in the debrief is because they are afraid admitting their mistakes makes them look like a bad fighter pilot. It’s truly counter-intuitive. I believe that this concept applied to any organization will help that team grow and succeed. It is one thing to fall down. It is entirely another to recognize your missteps and possess the fortitude to get back up and step in the right direction. I love this land! 🇺🇸 When America was founded, the idea that “all men are created equal” was a radical one. We fought an empire, won, and established a country based on that principle. It was an incredible step towards equality…but the debrief wasn’t over. Less than a century later we fought a bloody civil war with ourselves, and ended slavery…but the debrief wasn’t over. Only one hundred years ago, in 1920, we signed the 19th amendment, finally allowing women the right to vote…but the debrief wasn’t over. In the 1950s and 60s, the civil rights movement made strides to change societal views towards overt racism…but the debrief isn’t over! I am not a patriot because I believe our country is infallible. I’m a patriot because I know our country will always continue the debrief and get better. Throughout history, other countries have failed because they were unable or unwilling to identify errors and fix them. We must first have the courage to reflect objectively about our past steps and where our county’s next steps must land. We can step further and stake firmer footholds when we stand and step together. “And we proudly stand up…” 🎵 @usafband, @theleegreenwood & @homefreeguys – God Bless America 💪🏻💪🏼💪🏽💪🏾💪🏿

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