PACAF Demo Team forges friendships at New Zealand air show

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  • By Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers
  • 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
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.