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Inspiring performance: PACAF F-16 Demo Team wows crowds in Tsuiki, Nyutabaru

Thumbs up for DEMO!

U.S. Air Force Capt. Phillip McCoy, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team safety observer, pauses for a photo with a fan during the Tsuiki Air Festival at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 25, 2018. For some of the air show attendees, this was their first interaction with Americans. In conjunction with the show schedule, team members also support of the 35th Fighter Wing's mission on a day-to-day basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Fan excitement to meet the PACAF demo team members

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mario Perez, a Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team avionics technician, pauses for a photo with two spectators during family day at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2018. After the performance, team members connect with fans, pose for photos and sign various items. Interacting with the community is one aspect of the team's overall mission, along with being a display of the F-16's air power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Cass Xiomara M. Martinez)

Let the ground show begin

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Emily Wall, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team lead crew chief, initiates a ground show during family day at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2018. 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez

Panel Security

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Emily Wall, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team lead crew chief, disconnects a screw after an F-16 Demo Team practice at Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 30, 2018. Wall removed the fasteners from the panel in order to fix a nut plate.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Protecting internals of F-16 Fighting Falcon

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Megan Umino, a Pacific Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team electrical and environmental systems craftsman, installs a screw after an F-16 Demo Team practice at Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 30, 2018. Umino placed the screw to reinstall a panel. Panels protect the internal components of the aircraft from environmental elements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Alongside host nation counterparts

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 Mitsubishi sit on the runway during an F-16 Demo Team practice at Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 30, 2018. 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 Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Am I loud enough?

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jacob Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team commander, performs during the Tsuiki Air Festival at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 25, 2018. Impellizzeri executed 17 maneuvers during the 20-minute display of the F-16’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Demo Team performance

The crew of the Pacific Air Forces' F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team prepare an F-16 before a demonstration during the Tsuiki Air Festival at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 25, 2018. The team includes a hand-picked, volunteer cadre of one pilot, one safety observer, and a maintenance team consisting of the Superintendent, 3 crew chiefs, and 4 specialists (2 Avionics, 1 Propulsion, and 1 Electro & Environmental), responsible for all of the aircrafts systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Stickers are the best

A spectator views a Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team sticker during the Tsuiki Air Festival at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 25, 2018. For some of the air show attendees, this was their first interaction with Americans. Making personal contact with local nationals on and off the flightline is one of the PACAF F-16 Demo Team's priorities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Sign this please
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Jacob Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team commander, signs a photograph during the Tsuiki Air Festival at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 25, 2018. After the performance, team members connected with fans, posed for photos and signed various items. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Merchandise and stickers
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Spectators line up in front of a Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team booth during the Tsuiki Air Festival at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 25, 2018. After performances, team members connect with fans, pose for photos and sign various items. The PACAF F-16 Demo Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Demo take to the sky
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Jacob Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team commander, executes an aerobatic maneuver during family day at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2018. Impellizzeri executed 17 maneuvers during the 20 minute display of the F-16’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Ensuring Demo can fly high in the sky
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Esteban Ramirez, a Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team aerospace propulsion specialist, evaluates an F-16 engine exhaust nozzle divergent seal during family day at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2018. This check ensures optimal performance of the engine and safety of flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Let’s get the show on the road
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Jacob Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team commander, throws up the “wood” hand signal prior to a demonstration flight during family day at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2018. The PACAF F-16 Demo Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Fixing a panel on an F-16 Fighting Falcon
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Emily Wall, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team lead crew chief, removes a screw after an F-16 Demo Team practice at Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 30, 2018. Wall removed the fasteners from the panel in order to fix a nut plate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Ensuring safety of F-16 Fighting Falcon
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dane Pendzinski, Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team crew chief, inspects the intake of an F-16 after an F-16 Demo Team practice at Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 30, 2018. This check ensures optimal performance of the engine and safety of flight. 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 Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

TSUIKI AIR BASE, Japan -- The Pacific Air Forces' F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team from Misawa Air Base, Japan, performed at Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24 and 25, and Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Dec. 1 and 2, showcasing the power and maneuverability of the F-16 while promoting positive relations between the United States and nations across the Western Pacific.

Capt. Jacob Impellizzeri, the PACAF F-16 Demo Team commander, held his first solo Japanese performance at Tsuiki and Nyutabaru AB, since he joined the team back in May this year.

“We interacted with the fans to show what we stand for and build bilateral relationships, and attendees viewed our ground show performance,” explained Impellizzeri.

The team averages 20 shows a year at 12 locations across the Pacific, including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. Not only did the team interact with spectators and the local community, they worked alongside their host nation counterparts during the show.

“It’s an awesome experience performing alongside our Japan Air Self-Defense Force partners while continuing to build those bilateral relationships,” Impellizzeri continued.

While upholding the host nation bond is the team’s favorite operation, for Staff Sgt. Mario Perez, a PACAF F-16 Demo Team avionics technician, he also enjoys the traveling aspect.

“I love the different interactions the team can make, going new places and seeing the impact we have in people’s lives,” Perez described. “I’ve learned various lessons from the crew chiefs, engines and the electrical personnel I work with. They are a group of very talented people.”

The team participates in performances across the Indo-Pacific all year with their next aerobatic show slated for India.

“When our fans enjoy the performance so much they want to take pictures and receive autographs from the team, it’s an incredible feeling,” said Impellizzeri. “We all love what we do, and the support of onlookers at the shows makes all of our work worthwhile.”