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

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

Postby BonJobie » Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:46 am

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.


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Postby Convertible » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:21 am

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

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Postby Lawndart » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:01 am

Congrats and welcome onboard!

...bet ya wish you had a Phantom for the Go-Karts as well huh! LOL! :wink:
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Postby Talon » Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:49 am

Congratulations Gunner!
Hard work and just rewards to a very deserving virtual pilot.
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Postby Stryker » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:13 pm

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. ;)
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Postby Gunner » Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:00 pm

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:
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Postby Thumper » Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:18 pm

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,

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Postby Sinister » Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:17 pm

Congrats Gunner.. Cant wait to see you flying in the Delta... Good work ..
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Postby Rock » Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:59 am

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.
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Postby Tailhook » Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:21 pm

Congrats Steve!!! Hope you have a great time as a Thunderbird, all that training paid off. :-D
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Postby Lawndart » Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:26 pm

He's about to begin training season now... :wink: :LOL: ROFL!
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Postby STRIKER » Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:12 pm

He's about to begin training season now... :wink: :LOL: ROFL!
YEP, now the fun begins! :wink:
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Postby Redeye » Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:18 pm

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!
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Postby lqcorsa » Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:58 pm

What a great success Gunner! What a relief all that practice paid off eh? Great job man 8) .
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Postby save.master » Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:53 pm

I would really like to be in Gunners shoes :P :wink: .

Congrats Chapp !!
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