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PACAF F-16 Demo Team soars over Nyutabaru Air Base

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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the runway at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2017. The PACAF F-16 Demonstration Team based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, traveled to Nyutabaru AB to perform for approximately 100,000 spectators during a two-day air show. The performance marked the seventh year the PACAF F-16 Demo Team has performed at Nyutabaru AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

WOOD

U.S. Air Force Capt. Dakota Newton, Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team safety observer, throws up the 'wood' symbol while Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick, a PACAF F-16 Demo Team crew chief, marshalls him to his parking spot at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Dec. 1, 2017. The crew arrived nearly a week early to conduct a training scenario with Nyutabaru AB's F-15Js and to get a better sense of how to maneuver the F-16 during the show for the spectators to see the jet's capabilities. The PACAF F-16 Demo Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

Under Pressure

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Bolles, a Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, checks tire pressure at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Dec. 2, 2017. Bolles, along with the rest of the team of 12, worked all day to ensure the jets were in top-notch shape for the Nyutabura Air Show, being held Dec. 3. The PACAF F-16 Demo Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

prep time

U.S. Air Force Maj. Richard Smeeding, the Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration team pilot, prepares for a flight at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Dec. 3, 2017. The team arrived almost a week prior to the Nyutabura Air Show, to ensure proper preparation for the two-day event and to execute a training scenario alongside Nyutabaru AB's F-15Js. The PACAF Demo Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, showcasing its capabilities to approximately 100,000 spectators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

Flying low

U.S. Air Force Maj. Richard Smeeding, the Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team pilot, banks during the Nyutabaru Air Show at Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Dec. 03, 2017. Smeeding performed 15 maneuvers during the 15-minute display of the F-16 Fighting Falcon’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

Selfie time

U.S. Air Force Maj. Richard Smeeding, the Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team pilot, takes a selfie with a Japanese locals during the Nyutabaru Air Festival, at Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Dec. 3, 2017. Making personal contact with local nationals on and off the flight line continually allows for the United States to strengthen bilateral ties with our host nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

Signing Autographs

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick, right, a PACAF F-16 Demo Team crew chief, signs a photo for a Japanese national during the Nyutabaru Air Festival at Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Dec. 3, 2017. While their primary focus is to showcase the jet’s capabilities, community engagement plays a big role in PACAF F-16 Demo Team's events. For some of the air festival attendees, this was their first interaction with Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team from Misawa Air Base, Japan, performed at Nyutaburu Air Base, Japan, giving approximately 100,000 spectators a front row seat to the jet’s capabilities, Dec. 3.

While the team's primary focus is displaying the F-16's maneuverability and power, community engagement also plays a vital role. After each show, the team spends several hours answering people's questions, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.

Each show represents the growing partnerships and commitment between the U.S. and Japanese alliance, all while demonstrating air superiority.

"Overall, it was awesome performing for nearly 100,000 people while being able to grow our bilateral ties," said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tristan Berger, PACAF F-16 Demo Team narrator. "It takes a lot of work to maintain the jets for even a single show, but we're continuing to foster our Pacific partnerships, which makes it all worth it. "