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Unread post13 Mar 2021, 15:31

Tucson, Ariz. 2021 Heritage Flight Exercise. 8) Quite High Rate Climb from @4:00~...! :shock: WoW!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhfO8SJGvxI
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Unread post18 Mar 2021, 16:58

F-22 and F-35 Heritage Flight 2021. I like the F-35's vertical maneuvers from @1:45~. 8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60z25qRKoiQ
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Unread post02 Apr 2021, 08:13

This is a video of the 2020 air show, but I will post it because it is my favorite video. 8) (I especially like the last somersault. @1:10~)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-n8eLVffDU
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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 16:46

Interview with BEO Wolfe. 8)
https://kslnewsradio.com/1946380/heart- ... beo-wolfe/?
Heart of Utah: F-35 Demo Team Commander Capt. Kristin BEO Wolfe
BY MARY RICHARDS APRIL 7, 2021
Editorial note: After our interview with Major Kristin Wolfe, but before this story aired, she was promoted from captain to major. As a result, there are some versions of this story, including audio and video, where we refer to her by the outdated title of captain. We apologize for any confusion.
LAYTON, Utah — Hill Air Force Base is home to dozens of F-35 fighter jets. And if you’ve lived in northern Utah for any stretch of time you’ve probably seen a few of them up in the skies.

Command and control: Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe
Next time when you look up and see one of those stealth fighters, you may be watching Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe at the controls.
She is the pilot and commander of the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Demo Team, based at Hill.
“We’ve got about 78 jets here at Hill,” said Wolfe. “It’s pretty cool that I flew a jet last night in training, and I could fly that exact same jet in the demo today that I flew tactically yesterday.”
Wolfe joined the Air Force in college and flew F22s at Langley before coming to Utah. As the commander of the F-35 Demo Team and a pilot, she showcases what the F-35 Lightning II can do in air shows and demonstrations around the country.

The F-35 Demo Team in action
She says it can be strenuous to pull 8 or 9 Gs, but none of that G load is sustained for very long. She says during the course of their 15-minute show they’re in and out of those maneuvers pretty quickly during the demonstration.
“It’s really exciting single ship stuff, so one airplane flying at a given time. We fly for about 15 minutes and then we show off the high-speed performance of the aircraft, so just below supersonic. And we show off slow speed, which is right around 100ish miles an hour,” said Wolfe.
While she is in the air, the ground crew is doing a narration and telling the audience what they are seeing, and how it can relate to combat. And they have a soundtrack for the maneuvers.

Inspiring future female fighter pilots
“BEO” is Wolfe’s call sign. She may be one of only a handful of female fighter pilots in the US; as of January 2020, the Air Force said women make up 21% of all Air Force members, and of that, 806 are pilots.
But BEO said the jet doesn’t care if the pilot is a man or a woman.
“You’ll be walking by a family and the parent says to the little girl, ‘Hey, she was flying that airplane.’ The girl looks over and says, ‘Girls can fly planes?’ And you’re like, yeah, totally, that’s why we’re here,” said Wolfe.

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Here’s some fun stuff she can share about the plane: The stick actually only moves about an inch and a half in each direction, and it’s all an input to the computer. And there are six external cameras, which are infrared to see differences in heat. The pilot can put the cameras’ video into their visor and see what they are seeing.
So you can see through the plane essentially with the bottom camera.
“But I always tell people, technically, there’s no reason to be looking through your body when you’re going 600 miles an hour straight, so we use that obviously for missile warning primarily, and then as a backup night vision,” said Wolfe.
The F-35 Demo Team lists the calendar of their demonstrations and shows on their website and social media channels.
But you can’t ask for a ride. These jets just have one spot, for the pilot. And Capt. Wolfe is happy to show you all the tricks from your safe seat on the ground.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfeGANIq3JY
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Unread post06 May 2021, 19:00

It's not an air show but... F-35B Everyday Life. 8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAFk3B1_1ac
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Unread post06 May 2021, 19:03

2021 F-35 Demo Team is Live! :D  (@39:30~ take off)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thuoX4mGUXE

Another angle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCo9g2bGTHU


Old Video of the DOJO era. It's a pretty turn. 8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cIUZA0sf7Q
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Unread post06 May 2021, 19:05

2021 F-35C Air Show. 8) (The F-35C is Rare.)
@2:35~ Diagonal high rate climb
@3:40~ Rolling that stops every 90 degrees.
@4:50~ 20 seconds Just Minimum Radius Turn.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQXFGmPrqLc


@6:00~ Rolling that stops every 90 degrees.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOU8-JXA6Yg


@2:10~ 20 seconds Just Minimum Radius Turn.
@4:00~ Diagonal high rate climb
@4:35~ Rolling that stops every 90 degrees.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unuEwsIYuIg
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Unread post25 May 2021, 22:51

F-35A did a nice little unscheduled low show demo for about 15 min at Tinker today below about a 2000' variable ceiling, apparently on the way from Hillsboro OR to Atlanta.

Performs about like an F-105 but doesn't sound as good. :mrgreen:
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Unread post04 Jun 2021, 16:22

RAAF F-35A Central Coast Airshow 2021. 8)
@0:50~ Minimum Radius Turn (First time).
@3:40~ Minimum Radius Turn (Second time).
@7:45~ Bombing Staging.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPXSJRjEvBU
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j984wabxKzs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhe93sU37K0
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Unread post04 Jun 2021, 16:24

Public Affairs. 8)
https://www.standard.net/hilltop/news/e ... 6034f.html
Education or Operational: F-35 Demo Team showcases combat capabilities
By Capt. Kip Sumner F-35 Demonstration Team Public Affairs May 13, 2021
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — For most, seeing the F-35 demonstration team at an air show is the closest that they’ll come to seeing the Air Force’s newest 5th-generation stealth fighter, both in the air and on the ground.
Many people may see military performances at air shows primarily as entertainment, and think of the Air Force’s own Thunderbirds or the Navy’s Blue Angels; however, single-ship jet teams like the F-35 Demo Team have another primary mission.

To showcase the operational mission of some of the Air Force’s premiere combat aircraft.
“Our jets come straight off the flight line from the combat-ready squadrons at the 388th Fighter Wing,” said Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe, the F-35 Demonstration Team commander and pilot. “If we had to go to war, we wouldn’t have to modify the jet at all. The aircraft we bring to air shows could either have been to or just recently come back from an operation overseas.”

This is the second year that the F-35 Demo Team has operated as part of the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. After moving from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command, the demonstration team is now made up of operational Airmen and F-35As from the wing. The Fighter Wing currently has an inventory of 78 F-35s, with the team bringing two of those aircraft to each show they perform at.
The team’s goal while performing at air shows is to educate the public on the F-35A and the Air Force’s combat capabilities.

“We designed the routine specifically to showcase the maximum maneuvering capabilities of the F-35,” Wolfe said. “We showcase a lot of maneuvers that we would potentially use in a combat situation, replicating things we might do in a dogfight or ‘basic fighter maneuvers’.”
When not flying at air shows across the world or practicing at their home-base, the team’s mission is the same as many of the Airmen in the 388th, to be ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. The maintainers on the team are responsible for performing maintenance and routine inspections on operational aircraft while Capt. Wolfe flies as an F-35 instructor pilot for the 34th Fighter Squadron.

“When we’re not practicing the demonstration, we’re doing very similar things to what we would normally do on an operational flight line,” she said. “As an instructor pilot, my job is to mentor new pilots that have just come out of training, teaching them the latest tactics and procedures they need to be considered ‘combat-ready.’”
And when she’s not busy training new pilots, Capt. Wolfe is also making sure she stays combat-capable by flying training missions with her home squadron.

“When I’m flying the demonstration, I’m trying to show people just a small example of what the jet is capable of doing,” Wolfe said. “But when I’m flying with the Fighter Wing, I’m doing a variety of different missions; including basic surface attack, dropping inert or simulated weapons, practicing strafing runs, etc. I’m really training to do a lot of different combat capabilities that we obviously can’t showcase at an air show.”
The F-35A is the Air Force’s newest stealth fighter but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been tried and tested. The 388th Fighter Wing is the Air Force’s first combat-ready F-35 wing, declaring full war-fighting capability in January of 2020.

As of January 2021, each of the wing’s three operational squadrons has completed a deployment overseas.
“We’re trying to show people that this isn’t just an experimental concept, that this is a real aircraft that we are taking to war,” Wolfe said. “So to have the demonstration team as part of the first combat F-35 wing and Air Combat Command just makes sense.”
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Unread post04 Jun 2021, 16:27

F-35A Atlanta Airshow 2021. 8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U6TWGiha4M
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAKrsbmzKcA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXIRMiic-Mo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeTi4lzLNF8


F-35C Atlanta Air Show 2021. 8) @2:15~ Drift is dynamic and powerful ! :drool:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdPlfQiSGMo
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvf-u8f8DWc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXpkACz3gfo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHrpMDNIXKk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVAlJpQQH6c


https://www.mdjonline.com/news/air-forc ... 66f03.html
Air Force, Navy pilots gear up for Atlanta Air Show
By Hunter Riggall May 21, 2021
MARIETTA — On Friday afternoon, a group of reporters stood on the tarmac at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, baking in the sun and fiddling with cameras. In the sky, a gray speck grew larger and louder until an F-35 multi-role stealth-fighter roared past, circling and barrel-rolling before disappearing again.
After landing, the aircraft came into view again, taxiing down the runway. Maj. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe stepped out to chat with the reporters.

Wolfe is the commander of the F-35A Lightning Demo Team, a group of pilots chosen to travel the country and strike awe into audiences at airshows.
“That’s our whole goal,” Wolfe said. “And our mission is to improve, retain and inspire people to join the Air Force, aviation, military, what have you.”

On Saturday and Sunday, she and her colleagues are the headliners at the Atlanta Air Show at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. They’ll also perform alongside the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation by flying the F-35 in formation with a P-51 Mustang, a World War II and Korean War-era fighter.
The Atlanta Air Show is the first event of the season, to be followed by more than a dozen other shows.

“Some of the show is just crowd-pleasing maneuvers to show off the high speed of the airplane … some of it is to show off the maximum capability … hoops, high-angle attack maneuvers,” she said.
The demo team is handpicked by leadership based on their experience and reputation, Wolfe said.

Wolfe grew up as a military brat and attended the University of Alabama, where she was in ROTC. She has been with the Air Force for about 10 years and flying F-35s about three and a half years. Her callsign, Beo, is a play on her last name, referencing the Old English epic poem “Beowulf.”
The Atlanta show is the “closest (she’ll) get to a hometown show,” she said. Her father, retired pilot Col. Jon Wolfe, attended Stone Mountain High School. Wolfe’s parents and some extended family live in Georgia.

Wolfe and the other pilots will pull about nine Gs during the 18-minute performance. The show is “a lot more Gs, for a more sustained period of time,” than a combat situation, she said.
“Either way, it’s pretty exhausting,” she added.

Wolfe is the first female commander of the F-35A Lightning II Demo Team. She said, however, that she “tries not to make it about being a woman.” Her advice for aspiring female pilots is to not be intimidated and work as hard as anyone else.
The show represents another first — the first time the F-35A (Air Force model) and F-35 (Navy model) will perform together in an air show. Also at Dobbins Friday were Navy pilots Lt. Joseph Calvi and Lt. David Hinkle.

Calvi and Hinkle work as instructor pilots for Navy and Marine aviators, but the air show tour is “a little bit special for us and something that we always wanted to do,” Hinkle said.
“I think most of us … got inspired to do it one way or another,” Calvi said. “Some people had parents that were aviators … I was inspired by watching the Blue Angels … to be on the other side of that is really unique.”

For Calvi, it’s the best job he could imagine.
“And obviously it’s fun,” he said. “Flying low, fast and loud, setting off car alarms. That’s pretty darn fun, isn’t it?”
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