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F-22 Demo Team brings show home to Hampton Roads

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul "Loco" Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, performs for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's leading fighter aircraft due to it's combination of stealth, super cruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics.

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul "Loco" Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, performs a stiff-pitch during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's leading fighter aircraft due to it's combination of stealth, super cruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics.

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alex Niccum, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team crew chief, holds the jet after a performance at Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018.

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Israel Davila and Staff Sgt. Alex Niccum, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team crew chiefs, perform an inspection on the Raptor after a show at Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018.

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul "Loco" Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, prepares to fly the F-22 Raptor at Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018. The jet was brought to MacDill AFB from Tyndall AFB, Florida, for the air show.

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul "Loco" Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, prepares to greet, left, Staff Sgt. Israel Davila and Staff Sgt. Alex Niccum, F-22 Raptor Demo Team crew chiefs, after a performance at Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018. The demo team performed alongside 14 other performers at Tampa Bay AirFest 2018.

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul "Loco" Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, interacts with Staff Sgt. Alex Niccum, F-22 Raptor Demo Team crew chief, after a performance at Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018. The demo team travels across the country to airshows to recuit, retain and educate the public on the Air Force mission.

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Israel Davila, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team crew chief, pulls chocks as Staff Sgt. Alex Niccum, F-22 Raptor Demo Team crew chief, holds the jet during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018. The F-22 Raptor demonstration team is based out of Joint Base Langley Eustis’ 1st Fighter Wing in Virginia.

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul "Loco" Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, prepares to fly at Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018. The MacDill community witnessed aerial demonstrations, static displays and local vendors at the bi-annual event.

Air Combat Command's F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performed for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12-13, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul "Loco" Lopez, Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, performs for spectators during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2018. In his demonstration, Lopez shows spectators the F-22’s thrust vectoring, superscruise, stealth, maneuverability and weapons load features.

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

“Seeing them fly at Langley every day never gets old,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeff Baskin, Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team dedicated crew chief. “I am excited for our neighbors to see the F-22 show, and hope it makes them proud.”

The upcoming airshow at Langley Air Force Base, May 18-20, will give the Hampton Roads community an opportunity for an up-close experience with the Raptor -- the aircraft they see and hear on a daily basis. 

Unlike a traditional flyby, the demonstration team combines combative movements used in the field with aerobatic feats, as well as a ground show showcasing precision movements by the maintainers. 

For demo team members like Baskin, the Langley air show carries special significance, being the team’s home-station. 

“Langley has a legacy being the oldest continually active air base in the world,” said Staff Sgt. Annemarie Prozillo, ACC F-22 Raptor Demo Team aircrew flight equipment specialist. “The F-22 is an extraordinary aircraft, and I’m honored to be a part of the team and an unmatched legacy.” 

Having grown up in Virginia Beach, Maj. Paul “Loco” Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demo Team pilot, is connected to the “AirPower over Hampton Roads” airshow on a personal level.

“It’s going to be my hometown show. My father was in the U.S. Navy, so I grew up watching the Navy fighter jets, F-14 Tomcat and F-18 Hornet, flying over my house,” said Lopez. “I knew flying fighter jets was what I wanted to do with my life. To be able to showcase our premier fighters in the U.S. Air Force in my hometown is a dream come true.” 

Whether hoping to see the demonstration team’s people, plane or performance, the Hampton Roads community can experience the culmination of individuals from different backgrounds, cultures and careers throughout the Air Force come together to showcase America’s airpower.

“We hope we get to meet everyone who is coming to the show and share our story of what it’s like to be an Airman serving in the world’s greatest Air Force,” said Lopez. “Our community can get a taste of what our men and women in blue – their neighbors -- do every day. Airpower!”

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