Major Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson will become a familiar name to airshow fans across the world over the next two years. He was officially announced as the next F-22 Raptor team commander and demonstration pilot this morning following certification by the Commander of Air Combat Command. Cabo takes over for outgoing team commander Major Paul “Loco” Lopez.
As the new commander of the F-22 Demonstration Team, he leads the 18-member team, oversees maintenance actions performed on one of the most advanced fighter jets ever built, and showcases the Raptor’s exceptional maneuverability for more than 10 million spectators around the world each year. He is an operational F-22 pilot assigned to the 1st Operations Group within the 1st Fighter Wing, located at Langley AFB in Hampton, VA.
Maj. Gunderson is from Tampa, Florida and is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy. During his time as a cadet, he participated in a foreign exchange program with the Spanish Air Force at their Academy in San Javier, Spain. In 2008, he earned his commission and graduated from the Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geospatial Science and a minor in Spanish.
Maj. Gunderson then attended undergraduate pilot training at Sheppard Air Force Base as part of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot training program in Wichita Falls, Texas. There he flew the T-6 Texan II and the T-38C Talon. He earned his pilot wings after completing the program in 2010. From there, he flew the AT-38C and F-15 Eagle, before training on the F-22. In September of 2019, he was selected as the F-22 Demo Team pilot for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Maj. Gunderson is an experienced, combat-proven Fighter Pilot with over 1,500 hours and two deployments to the Middle East in both the F-15 and F-22.
During the 2020 airshow season, Cabo will demonstrate the USAF’s most advanced and combat ready fighter jet on three continents. Check out where you can see the Raptor team performing in 2020 on our airshow calendar page or in our forums!