HomeNewsArticle Display

PACAF Demo Team, Eielson AFB jets support Arctic Thunder 2018

U.S. Air Force Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team and contractors perpare two F-16 Fighting Falcons from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, for an aerobatic practice at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. Eielson AFB supported the demo team by providing aircraft to fly as well as contractors to maintain the jets for the 2018 Arctic Thunder biennial air show . (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team and contractors perpare two F-16 Fighting Falcons from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, for an aerobatic practice at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. Eielson AFB supported the demo team by providing aircraft to fly as well as contractors to maintain the jets for the 2018 Arctic Thunder biennial air show . (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team pilot, executes an aerobatic maneuver during a demonstration practice for Arctic Thunder 2018, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. Arctic Thunder, also known as the Arctic Thunder Open House, is a biennial event, which provides an opportunity to share aspects of military life and operations with Anchorage and the greater Alaskan community, who support the base’s ability to protect the U.S. and engage overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team pilot, executes an aerobatic maneuver during a demonstration practice for Arctic Thunder 2018, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. Arctic Thunder, also known as the Arctic Thunder Open House, is a biennial event, which provides an opportunity to share aspects of military life and operations with Anchorage and the greater Alaskan community, who support the base’s ability to protect the U.S. and engage overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team pilot, begins a landing descent during an aerobatic practice for Arctic Thunder 2018, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. Approximately 320,000 attended the air show, observing more than seven hours of aerial demonstration as well as 40 state aircraft displays. Arctic Thunder, also known as the Arctic Thunder Open House, is a biennial event, which provides an opportunity to share aspects of military life and operations with the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team pilot, begins a landing descent during an aerobatic practice for Arctic Thunder 2018, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. Approximately 320,000 attended the air show, observing more than seven hours of aerial demonstration as well as 40 state aircraft displays. Arctic Thunder, also known as the Arctic Thunder Open House, is a biennial event, which provides an opportunity to share aspects of military life and operations with the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team pilot, blasts off into the sky for an Arctic Thunder 2018 demonstration practice. Approximately seven hours of aerobatic demos occurred during the air show. During practices, pilots run through their list of movements to ensure quality of execution on performance day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team pilot, blasts off into the sky for an Arctic Thunder 2018 demonstration practice. During practices, pilots run through their list of movements to ensure quality of execution on performance day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Emily Wall, Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, front, talks with Staff Sgt. Dane Pendzinski, Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, about mechanical differences between Misawa Air Base, Japan, F-16 Fighting Falcons and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, F-16 aircraft at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. Eielson AFB provided additional contracted members who specialize on the Alaskan-prepared jet and worked together with the PACAF Demo Team crew to ensure continuity and reliability of aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Emily Wall, Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, front, talks with Staff Sgt. Dane Pendzinski, Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, about mechanical differences between Misawa Air Base, Japan, F-16 Fighting Falcons and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, F-16 aircraft at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. Eielson AFB provided additional contracted members who specialize on the Alaskan-prepared jet and worked together with the PACAF Demo Team crew to ensure continuity and reliability of aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team and from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, watch an aerobatic practice prior to Arctic Thunder 2018, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. The PACAF Demo Team worked hand-in-hand with Eielson AFB to perform at the air show while saving thousands of taxpayer dollars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team and from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, watch an aerobatic practice prior to Arctic Thunder 2018, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 26, 2018. The PACAF Demo Team worked hand-in-hand with Eielson AFB to perform at the air show while saving thousands of taxpayer dollars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska --

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team worked hand-in-hand with Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to save 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of fuel and thousands of taxpayer dollars in support of Arctic Thunder 2018 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 30 to July 1.

“We used the 18th Fighter Squadron aggressor F-16 Fighting Falcon model, based at Eielson AFB, for the first time ever,” said Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the PACAF F-16 Demonstration Team pilot. “I was ecstatic to show off an 18th FS jet to our audience, especially with its unique Arctic camo paint scheme. It was an incredible treat for me to fly this particular F-16 model because it offers different analog flight controls, making aero-maneuverability effortless.”

Arctic Thunder 2018, also known as the Arctic Thunder Open House, is a biennial event, which provides an opportunity to share aspects of military life and operations with Anchorage and the greater Alaskan community, who support the base’s ability to protect the U.S. and engage overseas.

Not only did Eielson AFB provide an F-16 to the PACAF Demo Team; they provided the maintenance for the jet as well, enabling the demo team to focus more on building better bonds with local community members.

“With Eielson AFB handling the maintenance, we focused more on community interaction,” said Master Sgt. Jeff Parker, the PACAF F-16 Demonstration Team superintendent. “Having an aircraft on site made it immensely easier to come out here and perform. We didn’t have to coordinate jet movement or arrange tanker support to get across the Pacific.”

From explosions to aerial recovery demonstrations, Arctic Thunder 2018 hosted more than 40 static displays, showcasing six military, joint forces and eight civilian and warbird demonstrations to more than 320,000 attendees, providing an in-depth look on the operations performed to keep the United States and its allies safe.

“It’s incredible how pilots can maneuver the jet like they do,” said Kamille Hines, an Arctic Thunder 2018 air show attendee. “My family goes to an air show every year, and we thought the PACAF Demo Team performance was amazing.”