A flying display by a US Air Force F-22 Raptor will be the highlight of another considerable presence of US military aircraft at the Avalon Airshow.
Three F-22s from the 90th Fighter Squadron based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska will be at Avalon with the aircraft showcased in the flying display by a pilot from Air Combat Command’s F-22 Demonstration Team, 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
Also on display will be a B-1B Lancer from the 36th Wing, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; F-16 Fighting Falcons with the 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan; and KC-135 Stratotankers with the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan, as well as a US Navy P-8A from VP‑16 on detachment to Misawa Air Base Japan.
“The US military is honoured to participate in and represent the US at Avalon 17,” a Pacific Air Forces statement reads.
“Support to airshows and other regional events allows the US to demonstrate its commitment to the stability and security of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, promote standardisation and interoperability of equipment, and display capabilities critical to the success of military operations. It also serves to strengthen long-standing military-to-military relations between the US and Australia.”
The aircraft will be supported by some 80 US military personnel.
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