Asia’s largest aviation event will welcome the US Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team in a major boost to the air show, which has been hit by exhibitor dropouts due to concerns on the spread of the Coronavirus.
The arrival of the highly sought after, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team will mark the start of the aerobatic team’s 2020 show season. The F-22 Demo Team will join a contingent of other service members from the Pacific Air Forces Command who will be in Singapore.
The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team is the only aerobatic team in the world to fly a 5th generation fighter aircraft and worldwide appearances are limited due to the secrecy that still surrounds the type. “It’s an absolute honour to kick off our 2020 season in such a spectacular location, and we are humbled to be a part of an event that showcases the strong partnership between the United States and Singapore,” said US Air Force Major Josh Gunderson who will also fly his first demonstration profile as the pilot and commander of the F-22 Demo Team over the skies of Singapore.
This is only the second time the F-22 Raptor has been displayed at the Singapore Airshow and the first since the Bulldogs of the 525th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, brought two Raptors to make an appearance back in 2016.
The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team will perform their demos using aircraft assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The demo team typically uses jets from the closest F-22 squadron in relation to the shows they are attending, a concept known as “Raptor Nation”.
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