F-15, F/A-18 demo teams to perform at Air Fest '05
by 2nd Lt. Larry van der Oord
The Air Force F-15 East Coast Demonstration Team and the Navy F/A-18E/F Rhino Demo Team have been added to the performance schedule at MacDill during Air Fest 2005.
Weather permitting, both demonstration teams will conduct one performance each day of Air Fest, April 9 and 10.
The Air Force F-15 East Coast Demonstration Team is assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va.
The team will be performing at MacDill's Air Fest for the second consecutive year and is excited to return.
"Having this job is an exciting adventure, an important responsibility and it is an honor to serve the public and the United States Air Force," said Capt. Jason Costello, demo team pilot.
Seven team members are sent to each demonstration, including one pilot, a senior maintenance person, two crew chiefs, one safety observer, a narrator and an avionics technician, according to 2nd Lt. Rachel Sherburne, of the 1st Fighter Wing, narrator for the demonstration team.
The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely-maneuverable tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat, and the crowds will be able to see just what it's capable of during the demonstration at Air Fest.
The aircraft flown during the aerial demonstration are fully combat capable, and all team members remain current in their wartime duties and are immediately deplorable in the event of conflict, according to information from the team's Web site.
The Navy F/A-18 Hornet also will return for Air Fest 2005.
The F/A-18 is the same aircraft flown by the Navy Blue Angles, the featured act for Air Fest 2004.
The F/A-18 tactical demonstration team hails from the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, located in Virginia Beach, Va.
The FRS specializes in training newly designated aviators in the Hornet or Super Hornet aircraft.