The Air Force has been practicing for the Presidential Inauguration. Four Air Force jets, representing multiple generations of fighters rehearsed the fly over at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
One F-15 Strike Eagle from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, an F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, an F-22 Raptor from JB Langley-Eustis, and a F-35 Lightning II from Eglin AFB, Florida are all part of this unique flyover formation.
The F-22 will be the lead aircraft.
“Our mixed formation of fourth generation fighters along with our fifth generation fighters truly represents how the [Air Force] fights,” said Lt. Col. John Echols, the 94th Fighter Squadron commander and formation lead. “Symbolically, it’s appropriate that the F-22 is out front as it is the world’s most capable fifth generation fighter aircraft.”
“Our team [at JB Langley-Eustis] is well trained and very focused on accomplishing any mission we are given, whether this is in combat, training or a high-visibility flyover,” said Echols. “At the end of the day, we just want to represent our Air Force and the American people to the best of our ability. We want to make them proud.” – US Air Force
This will be an awesome sight to see and it is interesting Lt. Col. John Echols comment that the F-22 is the ‘most capable’ fifth generation aircraft. What do you think of that?
There are many reports that President Trump wants to showcase the military.
The military “may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Trump told the Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday. “That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.”
Featured Image by White House photo by Paul Morse, via Wikimedia Commons