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F-22 headlines major US military presence at Avalon 17

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 28, 2017
An F-22 at Avalon on Monday. (Paul Sadler)

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.

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“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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2 Comments

  • David

    says:

    Any B52 flyby’!

  • Michael O'Donnell

    says:

    How about they announce this stuff a bit further in advance, it would be nice to have an idea of what is flying at the show a few months out. For many airshow attendees that won’t matter, but for some of us it is a big effort to get there, and it would be nice to know we are going to see something worthwhile. Had I known some of these aircraft were flying I might have been swayed to go, but it is too late now, I had to make the decision to attend or not a month ago.

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