February 24, 2004 (by Eric L. Palmer) - The Pacific Air Forces F-16 demonstration team is in Singapore this week to showcase its capabilities for tens of thousands of visitors at the Feb. 24-29 Asian Aerospace Airshow.
Quoting a story in the February 24 Stars and Stripes:
The pilot, Capt. Keith Rockow
, and a 13-person support staff make up the team. They travel throughout the Pacific during the year, hitting about 10 Japanese and five international airshows.
While their primary focus is to showcase the jet's capabilities, they say public relations plays a big role.
Rockow, with about 1,200 flight hours in the F-16, recently replaced the former demo team pilot who became ill; Singapore
is his first airshow. During the show, he said, he'll perform about 12 maneuvers in a 13- to 14- minute demonstration.
Along with Rockow are three pilot-rated safety observers, four crew chiefs, two avionics specialists, two electrical specialists, one engine specialist and a maintenance superintendent.