PACAF Demo Team forges friendships at New Zealand air show

A Wild Weasel F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the tarmac shortly after arriving at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 24, 2017. The Pacific Air Forces demonstration team showcases a positive, professional image of the United States Air Force to the people of the Western Pacific, making personal contact with host nation people on and off the flightline while showing support for the host government through the United States' presence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

A Wild Weasel F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the tarmac shortly after arriving at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 24, 2017. The Pacific Air Forces Demonstration Team showcases a positive, professional image of the United States Air Force to the people of the Western Pacific, making personal contact with host nation people on and off the flightline while showing support for the host government through the United States' presence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Mike Dreher, safety observer with the Pacific Air Forces demo team, taxis his aircraft after landing at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 24, 2017. Misawa's F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team participated in the 2017 Air Tattoo held once every five years alongside members from the Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Mike Dreher, safety observer with the Pacific Air Forces Demo Team, taxis his aircraft after landing at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 24, 2017. PACAF's F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team, based out of Misawa, Japan, participated in the 2017 Air Tattoo held once every five years alongside members from the Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

Wild Weasel F-16 Fighting Falcons sit side-by-side at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 24, 2017. Maj. Richard Smeeding, F-16 demo pilot with the Pacific Air Forces demonstration team, and Capt. Mike Dreher, F-16 demo safety observer with the Pacific Air Forces' demonstration team, were the first to arrive, ahead of more than 20 more crew members traveling with them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

Wild Weasel F-16 Fighting Falcons sit side-by-side at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 24, 2017. Maj. Richard Smeeding, F-16 demo pilot with the Pacific Air Forces Demonstration Team, and Capt. Mike Dreher, F-16 demo safety observer with the team, were the first to arrive, ahead of more than 20 additional crew members traveling with them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ty Watkins, an electrical and environmental craftsman with the 35th Maintenance Squadron, changes a water coalescer at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 25, 2017. Water coalescers prevent water and oil from going through the environmental system so they don’t reach the turbine. This stops smoke and fumes from entering the cockpit. Watkins is one of 11 maintainers traveling with the F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ty Watkins, an electrical and environmental craftsman with the 35th Maintenance Squadron, changes a water coalescer at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 25, 2017. Water coalescers prevent water and oil from going through the environmental system so they don’t reach the turbine. This stops smoke and fumes from entering the cockpit. Watkins is one of 11 maintainers traveling with Pacific Air Forces' Demonstration Team throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

A Misawa Airman approaches as crew chiefs perform a ground show after Maj. Richard Smeeding's air demonstration at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 24, 2017. Smeeding is the demo team pilot who performed two shows during the RNZAF's 2017 Air Tattoo. The F-16 was one of 64 aircraft exhibited during the show and one of 50 to offer an air display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

A Misawa Airman approaches as crew chiefs perform a ground show after Maj. Richard Smeeding's air demonstration at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 24, 2017. Smeeding is Pacific Air Forces' Demo Team pilot who performed two shows during the RNZAF's 2017 Air Tattoo. The F-16 was one of 64 aircraft exhibited during the show and one of 50 to offer an air display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

Maj. Richard Smeeding, a F-16 Fighting Falcon demo pilot, performs tactical maneuvers to showcase the F-16's capabilities at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 26, 2017. During the air shows, Smeeding reaches speeds at or greater than 700 mph, while maintaining control of his aircraft. He is one of only two demo pilots in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

Maj. Richard Smeeding, U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon demo pilot, performs tactical maneuvers to showcase the F-16's capabilities at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 26, 2017. During the air shows, Smeeding reaches speeds at or greater than 700 mph, while maintaining control of his aircraft. He is one of only two demo pilots in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

Onlookers welcome Maj. Richard Smeeding after his aerial demonstration at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 26, 2017. The Air Tattoo is held once every five years. The 2017 show celebrates 80 years of the RNZAF. Partner nations practice interoperability by bringing together 13 international aircraft from eight different countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

Onlookers welcome Maj. Richard Smeeding after his aerial demonstration at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 26, 2017. The Air Tattoo is held once every five years. The 2017 show celebrates 80 years of the RNZAF. Partner nations practice interoperability by bringing together 13 international aircraft from eight different countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers)

ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE BASE OHAKEA, New Zealand -- The Pacific Air Forces' Demonstration Team performed at the 2017 Air Tattoo at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 25 through 26.

"One of the big things that makes us different from other demo teams is that we take combat assets and we actually deploy across the pacific and do shows," said Maj. Richard Smeeding, U.S Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon demo pilot.

Being a part of the PACAF demo team is an additional duty for all members involved. When at home station, they mix demo team duties with their day-to-day jobs to ensure both missions succeed. The team finished the New Zealand show Sunday, Feb. 27, and head to Australia this week.