PACAF Demo Team
Published October 17, 2009
Pacific Air Forces' F-16 Demonstration Team based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Western Pacific. Flying the Block 50 version of the Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcon, the team demonstrates the awesome power and maneuver ability of the aircraft to the delight of aviation enthusiasts everywhere.
The team averages 20 shows a year at 12 locations across the Pacific, including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Guinea and the Republic of Korea.
History and mission
Originally based at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, the team moved to Misawa in October 1995. Basing the team at Misawa helps showcase the U.S. and Japan bilateral relationship as a model of successful cooperation.
The team's charter includes three primary goals:
1. Present a positive, professional image of the United States Air Force to the people of the Western Pacific by making personal contact with host nation people on and off the flightline while showing support for the host government through the U.S.' presence.
2. Safely demonstrate the awesome power and maneuverability of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
3. While on the road, dedicate at least 10 hours on the flightline every day to answer people's questions about the F-16. Afterward, the team devotes time to go out and learn more about the host nation.
The PACAF F-16 Demonstration Team is assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron -- one of two fighter squadrons assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing. The team includes a hand-picked all-volunteer cadre of one pilot, two narrators and a maintenance team composed of four crew chiefs and five specialists responsible for the aircraft's avionics and electrical systems and engines. Besides their weekend show schedule, team members must be ready to deploy in support of the 35th Fighter Wing's wartime mission while handling their day-to-day jobs within the squadron.