About US

The Flight Simulator Thunderbirds were founded in mid-2016 by a group of experienced flight simmers. The The Flight Simulator Thunderbirds is a pool of talent with thousands of hours of virtual flight time. Our entire team is represented by dedicated and passionate members of the Flight Simulation community from all walks in life. While the 6 pilots have literally hundreds of hours of practice time committed in order to bring you the flight demonstration, it would all be virtually impossible to do so without the support of our fans, sponsors and support members. The Flight Simulator Thunderbirds mission is to demonstrate the teamwork, dedication, and professionalism found in the United States Air Force. We are privileged as Flight Simulator Thunderbirds to carry the title of America’s ambassadors in blue as we perform, we reflect upon the skill, and dedication found in your United States Air force and the Flight Simulation community.

Our Team

Zak Priest
Zak Priest
FS Thunderbird #1 – Commander / Leader
Zak “Panther” Priest comes to us from Detroit, Michigan. Panther began flying flight simulators in 2007 with former leading experiences on teams such as the FSX Black Diamond Jet Team and the Flight Simulator Blue Angels. Panther provides a well experienced lead to the team.
Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson
FS Thunderbird #2 – Left Wing
Michael “Disco” Thompson comes to us from Chesapeake Virginia. Disco began flying flight simulators in 2010, he is the owner of Disco Aerosports. Disco joined the FS Thunderbirds in 2016.
Holden Wasko
Holden Wasko
FS Thunderbird #3 – Right Wing
Holden “Strike” Wasko comes to us from Binghampton New York. Strike began flying flight simulators in 2011 with former experiences such as the FSX Black Diamond Jet Team and the Flight Simulator Blue Angels. Holden joined the FS Thunderbirds in 2016.
Daniel Clark
Daniel Clark
FS Thunderbird #4 – Slot
Daniel “Panic” Clark comes to us from Seattle Washington. Panic began flying flight simulators in 2013 with former experiences such as the FS Blue Angels, FSX Patriots and the FSX Virtual Blue Angels. Daniel joined the FS Thunderbirds in September of 2016.
Mitchell Welker
Mitchell Welker
FS Thunderbird #ϛ – Lead Solo
Mitchell “Frost” Welker comes to us from Saint Cloud Minnesota. Frost began flying flight simulators in 2010 with former experiences such as the FSX Black Diamond Jet Team and the Flight Simulator Blue Angels . Mitchell joined the FS Thunderbirds in 2016.
Brandon Cook
Brandon Cook
FS Thunderbird #6 – Opposing Solo
Brandon “Pinn” Cook comes to us from Richmond Virginia. Brandon is a United States Air Force veteran, Brandon was stationed at Nellis for four years as well as serving six months overseas in Iraq. Brandon worked on the enivronmental control systems of all types of air force aircraft. Pinn joined the FS Thunderbirds in September of 2016.
Benjamin Giles
Benjamin Giles
FS Thunderbird #7 – Livestreamer, Public Affairs & Ops Officer
Benjamin “Cube” Gilescomes to us from the woody lands of Canada! Benjamin began flying flight simulators in 2010 with former experiences such as the FSX Black Diamond Jet Team and the FSX Patriots . Benjamin joined the FS Thunderbirds in 2016.
Giovanni Moreno
Giovanni Moreno
FS Thunderbird #8 – Advanced Pilot & Narrator
Giovanni “Joker” Moreno comes to us from Shreveport Louisiana. Joker began flying flight simulators in 2012 with former experiences such as the FSX Black Diamond Jet Team and the FSX Flying Bulls. Giovanni joined the FS Thunderbirds in 2016.