Second Leutenant Jeffrey Brandon of Madera has qualified to begin jet fighter training at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. After his initial instruction beginning this month in Columbus he will complete his training in Arizona to become one of the next generation of F- 16 Fighting Falcon “Viper” pilots.
The F-16’s official name is “Fighting Falcon,” but “Viper” is commonly used by its pilots, due to a resemblance to a viper snake as well as the star-fighter in “Battlestar Galactica.”
Brandon, age 27, is the son of John and Laura Brandon. He has two older sisters, Valerie Brandon and Beth Nelson. His father, John, acknowledged the family’s emotion upon hearing the news of their son.
“Myself, his step-mother Camille, and the entire family could not be prouder of Jeffrey’s accomplishment. We wish him great success and support his dream of becoming an F-16 pilot,” said John Brandon...