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New 'Captain Marvel' movie dedicated to Thunderbirds pilot

Posted at 3:23 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 19:17:54-05

The new "Captain Marvel" movie is being dedicated to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot who died when his F-16 crashed near Las Vegas in 2018.

Maj. Stephen "Cajun" Del Bagno was a consultant for the movie before he was killed on April 3. Brie Larson the star of "Captain Marvel," visited Nellis Air Force Base, where the Thunderbirds are based, to research her role -- Captain Marvel's alter ego Carol Danvers.

The Thunderbirds flew over the red carpet for the Hollywood premiere for the movie on May 4. They were also able to attend the premiere at the Dolby Theatre.

Del Bagno was 34 at the time of his death. It was later determined that Del Bagno passed out while conducting a maneuver called "High Bomb Burst Rejoin" that led to a half-loop or Split-S maneuver. The sudden change in G-forces resulted in the Thunderbirds pilot passing out.