T-minus 30 seconds

U.S. Air Force Capt. Dakota Newton, the Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team safety observer, signals to the announcers the F-16 Fighting Falcon demo pilot will begin the performance in 30 seconds during the Hofu Air Festival at Hofu-kita Air Base, Japan, May 21, 2017. As safety observer, Newton is Maj. Richard Smeeding’s eyes on the ground, ensuring he is set up for the next maneuver properly and making sure there are no birds in his path. Smeeding is the demo pilot. Besides the 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Hutto)

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt Melanie A. Hutto
VIRIN: 170521-F-MA978-058.JPG
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