Capt. Erik Gonsalves is the Advance Pilot/Narrator for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 8 jet. He entered the Air Force in 2008 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. In high school, he served as the captain of the volleyball team. He also enjoys marathon running and snow and water skiing. Before joining the Thunderbirds, he served as an A-10C Flight Evaluator and the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation for the 75th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga. He has logged more than 1,600 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 500 hours of combat experience in the A-10C. Gonsalves is in his first season with the team and hails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.