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PACAF F-16 Demo Team stuns Arctic Lightning spectators

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrates the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot, and Capt. Andrew Olson, the F-35 Demonstration Team pilot, fly together during the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 14, 2019. ALA 2019 afforded the Alaskan community the opportunity to see the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor and F-35A Lightning II in action together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrates the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35A Lightning II conduct a flyover to conclude the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 14, 2019. More than 12,000 attendees had the opportunity to see demonstrations by the Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team and 3rd Wing’s F-22 Raptors. Other acts included the Pacific Air Forces F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team, the T-33 Acemaker and the Alaska Air National Guard 168th Air Refueling Wing’s KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrates the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

A U.S. Air Force firefighter watches an F-16 Fighting Falcon perform during the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 14, 2019. ALA 2019 afforded the Alaskan community the opportunity to see the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor and F-35A Lightning II in action together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrates the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration pilot performs during the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 14, 2019. Eielson AFB supported the demo team by providing aircraft to fly as well as contractors to maintain the jets for the 2019 ALA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrates the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Esteban Ramirez, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team NCO in charge, reads the script during the aerial demonstration at the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 14, 2019. 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 Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrates the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

The U.S. Air Force Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team Airmen render a salute during the singing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 14, 2019. More than 12,000 people attended ALA 2019 where they saw a variety of static displays and aerial performances including the F-16, F-22 Raptor, F-35A Lightning II, KC-135 Stratotanker and T-33 Acemaker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrates the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team pilot, conducts a pre-flight inspection before the first performance of the day at the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 14, 2019. The team attends airshows across the Indo-Pacific region throughout the year with Alaska being the only stateside location at which the team performs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrates the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

U.S. Air Force Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team members hand out stickers during the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 14, 2019. Eielson AFB hosted their first airshow in over a decade and featured a variety of static displays and aerial performances including the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, F-35A Lightning II, KC-135 Stratotanker and T-33 Acemaker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrates the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration pilot, waves to the crowd during the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 14, 2019. ALA 2019 provided an opportunity, for the first time in over a decade, to share aspects of military life and operations with Fairbanks and the greater Alaskan community, who support the base’s ability to protect the U.S. and ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Alexander Cook)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

An arctic camo paint-schemed F-16 Fighting Falcon soared over the skies of Eielson Air Base, Alaska, as the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration pilot demonstrated the multi-role capabilities of the F-16 during the Arctic Lightning Airshow.

“This was the first time in over a decade Eielson hosted an air show,” said Capt. Jake Impellizzeri, the PACAF F-16 Demo team pilot. “It was such a privilege to attend and captivate the locals' attention with the velocity of the Viper.”

ALA 2019 provided an opportunity to share aspects of military life and operations with Fairbanks and the greater Alaskan community who support the base’s ability to protect the U.S. and engage in the defense of a free and open Indo-Pacific. More than 12,000 attendees watched performances by the Air Force F-35 Demonstration Team and 3rd Wing’s F-22 Raptors alongside the T-33 Acemaker and the Alaska Air National Guard 168th Air Refueling Wing’s KC-135 Stratotanker.