U.S, Republic of Korea alliance highlighted during Air Power Day

Republic of Korea air force Black Eagles fly in formation during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. Air Power Day was a two-day event that highlighted the partnership between the Republic of Korea and the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

Republic of Korea air force Black Eagles fly in formation during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. Air Power Day was a two-day event that highlighted the partnership between the Republic of Korea and the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

U.S. and Republic of Korea flags sail through the sky attached to a Republic of Korea Parachute Demonstration Team parachutist during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. Air Power Day was a chance for U.S. and Korean attendees to get to know one another while watching aerial demonstrations, entertainment and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

U.S. and Republic of Korea flags sail through the sky attached to a Republic of Korea Parachute Demonstration Team parachutist during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. Air Power Day was a chance for U.S. and Korean attendees to get to know one another while watching aerial demonstrations, entertainment and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

The Republic of Korea air force Black Eagles perform an aerial maneuver during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. The Black Eagles is an aircraft acrobatics team that performs across the Pacific during air shows and memorials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

The Republic of Korea air force Black Eagles perform an aerial maneuver during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. The Black Eagles is an aircraft acrobatics team that performs across the Pacific during air shows and memorials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

U.S. Army members of the 8th Army Band perform during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. The 8th Army Band performs across the peninsula to provide morale and community integration with military members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

U.S. Army members of the 8th Army Band perform during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. The 8th Army Band performs across the peninsula to provide morale and community integration with military members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

A U.S. Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady performs a fly by during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. The U-2, from the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron, is a high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A U.S. Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady performs a fly by during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. The U-2, from the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron, is a high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

Sublime with Rome performs during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. Air Power Day is a two-day event that highlighted the partnership between the Republic of Korea and the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

Sublime with Rome performs during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. Air Power Day is a two-day event that highlighted the partnership between the Republic of Korea and the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A Republic of Korea KT-1 Woongbi flies by during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. Air Power Day was a chance for U.S. and Korean attendees to get to know one another while watching aerial demonstrations, entertainment and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A Republic of Korea KT-1 Woongbi flies by during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. Air Power Day was a chance for U.S. and Korean attendees to get to know one another while watching aerial demonstrations, entertainment and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nick Castle, 25th Fighter Squadron pilot, poses for a photo with a family during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. The air show highlighted performances of many different aircraft including the Republic of Korea air force Black Eagles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nick Castle, 25th Fighter Squadron pilot, poses for a photo with a family during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. The air show highlighted performances of many different aircraft including the Republic of Korea air force Black Eagles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

Crowds looks at the Korean War memorial photos exhibit at Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept 25, 2016. Air Power Day had a variety of static displays including aircrafts, weapons load, and booths featuring units throughout Osan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

Crowds looks at the Korean War memorial photos exhibit at Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept 25, 2016. Air Power Day had a variety of static displays including aircrafts, weapons load, and booths featuring units throughout Osan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, punches through pieces of board after the Republic of Korea Martial Arts Demonstration Team performed their orchestrated movements during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. Members of Team Osan and the surrounding community participated in events for the air show such as static displays, aircraft takeoffs and aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rasheen Douglas)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, punches through pieces of board after the Republic of Korea Martial Arts Demonstration Team performed their orchestrated movements during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. Members of Team Osan and the surrounding community participated in events for the air show such as static displays, aircraft takeoffs and aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rasheen Douglas)

Tens of thousands of people attend Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. The air show, which is the first in four years, featured aerial performances from American and ROK acts, music performances from bands including Sublime with Rome, and dozens of food and memorabilia vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)
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Tens of thousands of people attend Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK), Sept. 25, 2016. The air show, which is the first in four years, featured aerial performances from American and ROK acts, music performances from bands including Sublime with Rome, and dozens of food and memorabilia vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 25th Fighter Squadron shoots a flare during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. The A-10 was showing off its capabilities to perform combat search and rescue missions during air show.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 25th Fighter Squadron shoots a flare during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. The A-10 displayed its capabilities to perform combat search and rescue missions during the air show.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from Misawa Air Base, Japan, lands after performing at Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. Air Power Day gives the U.S. and the ROKAF the chance to illustrate their capabilities and alliance to a global audience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from Misawa Air Base, Japan, lands after performing at Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. Air Power Day gives the U.S. and the Republic of Korea air force the chance to illustrate their capabilities and alliance to a global audience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

Air show attendees watch as a C-17 Globemaster III taxis in reverse after landing during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The C-17 has the capability to deploy personnel and cargo to locations across the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)
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Air show attendees watch as a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III taxis in reverse after landing during Air Power Day 2016 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 24, 2016. The C-17 has the capability to deploy personnel and cargo to locations across the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

Osan Air Base hosted approximately 80,000 visitors during Air Power Day 2016, Sept. 24 and 25, highlighting the alliance between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea while using the opportunity to get to know one another better as good friends and good neighbors.

There were 22 Pacific Air Forces and ROK air force aircraft on display while multiple aerial acts took to the sky. The main act was the Republic of Korea air force premiere demonstration team, the Black Eagles, who illustrated their combat flying capabilities in eight T-50B training aircraft.

“It’s been amazing seeing the team come together to put this air show together,” said Maj. Jonathan Garner, Air Power Day director.  “We’ve been working on this air show since December 2015 with a lot of detailed planning working with our host nation and partners.”

Other aerial demonstrations included a C-17 Globemaster III, F-16 Flying Falcon, a KT-1 Woongbi , a TA-50 Golden Eagle, and a combat search and rescue demonstration.

Service members and Korean families were entertained by performers such as the ROKAF Band, the 8th Army Band, a martial arts demo, a Korean drumming group, and a special concert from headliner Sublime with Rome. 

“It was all hands on deck for Air Power Day this weekend, and a truly incredible event was created that allowed our Korean neighbors and friends from around the globe to witness the mission and partnership of the U.S. and Republic of Korea,” said Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander. “I hope everyone had a fantastic time enjoying the largest air show ever at Osan.”

Between the busy schedule of events, numerous food booths lining the flight line, and fantastic entertainment, this year’s air show gave a great opportunity to build relationships between the U.S. and the ROK.