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[2006-11-09] New Virtual Thunderbird Selected - Gunner

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:46 am
by BonJobie
It is with great pleasure that I announce the selection of Steve "Gunner" Watts as the newest pilot on The Virtual Thunderbirds. Steve received his number moments before the premiere of "Smoke ON" in Las Vegas this past Thursday evening. Gunner has shown what it takes to achieve the dream of becoming a Virtual Thunderbird: he has practiced incessantly, and during phase 2 of our training he has shown us that he has what it takes and what it will take to be one of the best virtual demonstration pilots in the world. Gunner, a sharp salute from the Boss and all the Virtual Thunderbird team. Congratulations and welcome aboard.

Boss Bon

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:21 am
by Convertible
I would like to second everything that Bon said above. Gunner you have earned the right to wear the number proudly. WELCOME TO THE TEAM!!!!!!!! Congratulations Gunner. Glad you could make it to Vegas! :D :D


Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:01 am
by Lawndart
Congrats and welcome onboard! ya wish you had a Phantom for the Go-Karts as well huh! LOL! :wink:

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:49 am
by Talon
Congratulations Gunner!
Hard work and just rewards to a very deserving virtual pilot.
Best Regards

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:13 pm
by Stryker
Hey Gunner!!

When I first met you on ventrilo a couple of months ago during a 'live' performance of the VTB, I told you then you were a 'shoe in'. It was obvious then as it is now that you were not just a fan like the rest of us but a dedicated and committed VTB wannabe ;)

Looking foward to the screenies and videos of the future. Congrats and best of luck.

PS. Of course this means you're no longer eligible for the Cougar giveaway u know. ;)

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:00 pm
by Gunner
Thank you all!
From the very first time I watched the Airshow Promo 2006, I had a burning desire to be part of this team. In July, when I met Striker and Cobra, and then Bon and Convertible, the desire became a goal I had to achieve.

Now that I've had the privilege to spend time with the entire team(except Cinch), I'm humbled to be considered part of this group of men. The Virtual Thunderbirds are not only representative of the USAF Thunderbirds in the virtual cockpit, but in the professionalism and character exhibited in the real world.

The goal has been reached, but now the real work begins :shock: I know the pressure's on - I won't dissapoint :wink:

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:18 pm
by Thumper
Hey Gunner,

Huge Congratulations are in order. I never had a doubt that you would earn a position on the team. The countless hours of practice and your tireless dedication has definitely paid off. I hope that one day soon we will both have time to fly together again.

Talk to you soon,


Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:17 pm
by Sinister
Congrats Gunner.. Cant wait to see you flying in the Delta... Good work ..

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:59 am
by Rock
Congrats Gunner and welcome to the Team! You've earned it bud and have progressed faster then anyone else that I have seen. As you can confirm it takes a huge amount of practice to fly correctly and it doesn't get easier as you'll see. :D But, I know for a fact that you've already raised the bar for new recruits and you'll raise the bar as a member of this team. It's a blast flying with you and was a pleasure meeting you this weekend in Aviation Nation.

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:21 pm
by Tailhook
Congrats Steve!!! Hope you have a great time as a Thunderbird, all that training paid off. :-D

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:26 pm
by Lawndart
He's about to begin training season now... :wink: :lol: ROFL!

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:12 pm
Lawndart wrote:He's about to begin training season now... :wink: :lol: ROFL!
YEP, now the fun begins! :wink:

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:18 pm
by Redeye
Congrats Gunner and welcome to our team. It was a pleasure meeting you and all the team members in Vegas. You have done a great job with your setup and the many details it takes to get to the next level. Its going to be fun working together to reach an even higher level.

Again, welcome Gunner, its great to have you aboard!

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:58 pm
by lqcorsa
What a great success Gunner! What a relief all that practice paid off eh? Great job man 8) .

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:53 pm
by save.master
I would really like to be in Gunners shoes :P :wink: .

Congrats Chapp !!