High-altitude health

May 31, 2019 – If you Google Christopher Scheibler, you’ll find a slew of articles, photos, and videos about his stint as flight surgeon for the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s demonstration squadron that performs aerobatic routines in F-16 fighter planes.

Scheibler, an Air Force major who’s been a flight surgeon for eight years, says that the two he spent with the Thunderbirds—helping them deal with health hazards such as G-forces, musculoskeletal injuries, and even the plain old flu—was a high point in his military career.