Hometown Hero Gets To Fly With The Thunderbirds

The thunderbirds have officially flown into the Minot Air Force Base and are giving one hometown hero the trip of a lifetime.

The Thunderbirds are a demonstration flight team that has some of the air forces most elite pilots.

One local teacher got the chance to fly high.

The thunderbirds travel fast, reaching nearly 600mph. But, they made one important stop at the Minot Air Force Base and that was to pick up hometown hero, Sara Medalen.

“I just hope that I can really be in the moment and enjoy the experience,” said Sara Medalen, Teacher/Hometown Hero.

Sara is a title one teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School and that’s why she was nominated to fly with the thunderbirds. When she found out she would be taking this trip she says that it was emotional because her dad used to take her in planes as a kid.

“If you were one of the kids that got to go flying that day it was pretty special thing so I kind of feel that way about this, it’s a pretty special thing,” said Medalen.

Leading up to her take off, she thought of how proud her dad would be.

“The sky’s the limit on what you want to do,” said Nick Krajicek, Pilot. 

“We get to show that mission through that person to that individual up front and close,” said Krajicek.

When the plane began to land, Sara got to a chance to reflect on her adventure.

“Thank you everybody for the amazing opportunity,” said Medalen.

And remember why she decided to do this in the first place.

“I was just thinking about how #1 proud my dad would be but 2, how much he would’ve loved to experience something like that. I know it’s something most people don’t experience but I’m just thrilled that I got to be apart of it,” said Medalen.

Sara’s trip lasted 45 minutes.

She says she even got to turn the plane with the help of the pilot.

A police officer from Minot will be traveling with the thunderbirds tomorrow.

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