F-16 Viper Demo slated to perform at Grissom Air & Space Expo

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  • By Staff Sgt. Chris Massey

The Viper Demonstration Team is scheduled to perform at the Grissom Air & Space Expo Sept. 7-8.

Based out of Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, the Air Combat Command team performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of one of the Air Force's premier multi-role fighters — the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The team also works with the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation to create a unique demonstration of the U.S. Air Force’s past and present, exhibiting the professional qualities of the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft.

The team's F-16CM Fighting Falcon, affectionately known as the "Viper", is a single-seat, multi-role fighter with the ability to switch between an air-to-ground and an air-to-air role at the touch of a button. With its lightweight frame and powerful General Electric engine generating 31,000 pounds of thrust, the F-16 can fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2.

The Viper Demo will be just one of many attractions which will appear at the 2019 Grissom Air and Space Expo.

Airshows allow citizens to see how their tax dollars are being spent, while static displays allow people to get close to aircraft, both past and present.

Airshows are also an opportunity to inspire future generations of Airmen and meet the pilots who help execute the Air Force mission.

The military aircraft, personnel and performances at these shows help demonstrate the Air Force Reserve’s readiness and role in global and national security.

The 2019 Grissom Air and Space Expo will feature demonstrations by the Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army aerial demonstration team, The Golden Knights, along with other military and civilian acts.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7-8, with flying scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. both days.

For more information about the airshow, visit grissomairshow.com and stay connected with the 434th ARW on Facebook and Twitter for continued updates.        

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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