Prepping for 'game day'

The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived at Nyutabaru AB, Nov. 29.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick, a Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, throws water on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2017. The PACAF F-16 Demo Team, based at Misawa AB, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The team includes one pilot, a safety observer, a narrator and a maintenance team composed of four crew chiefs and five specialists responsible for the aircraft's avionics and electrical systems and engines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived at Nyutabaru AB, Nov. 29.

Water drips down the side of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2017. U.S. Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick, a Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, prepared the jet for an air show taking place on Dec. 3, which is expected to have more than 100,000 attendees. The team promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, while showing the capabilities of the Fighting Falcon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived at Nyutabaru AB, Nov. 29.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick, a Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, dries down an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2017. Pedrick, along with other 12 members of the team, worked all day to ensure the jets were in top-notch shape for the Nyutabura Air Show being held Dec. 3, 2017. The PACAF F-16 Demo Team based at Misawa AB, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived at Nyutabaru AB, Nov. 29.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick, a Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, dries down an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2017. Pedrick, along with the rest of the team of 12, worked all day to ensure the jets were in top-notch shape for the Nyutabura Air Show, being held Dec. 3, 2017. The PACAF F-16 Demo Team, based at Misawa AB, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived at Nyutabaru AB, Nov. 29.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick (left), a Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, throws water on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2017. The PACAF F-16 Demo Team landed in Nyutabaru Monday night to prepare for an air show which is expected to have 100,000 people in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

NYUTABARU AIR BASE, Japan -- The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team, based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru AB, Nov. 29.


The PACAF F-16 Demo Team promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The team includes one pilot, a safety observer, a narrator and a maintenance team composed of four crew chiefs and five specialists responsible for the aircraft's avionics and electrical systems and engines.


The team arrived days before the Nyutabaru Air Show to prepare and inspect all aspects of the demo team's F-16 Fighting Falcon, to ensure a flawless performance during 'game day.’


“We show early to set up the tools, look over the jet and wipe down the canopy to ensure the pilot has a clear view during his performance, which is paramount,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick, a PACAF F-16 Demo Team crew chief. “Showing up early also gives us the opportunity to receive essential servicing equipment from our host such as nitrogen and hydraulic carts, pump the tires and complete other miscellaneous tasks, allowing us continue our ongoing partnership with Japan.”