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)
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)

PACAF F-16 Demo Team stuns Arctic Lightning spectators

by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

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.

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