Monday, October 22, 2012

U.S., ROK showcase skills during 2012 Air Power Day

by Staff Sgt. Stefanie Torres
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 25th Fighter Squadron perform a flyby for Air Power Day 2012 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 21, 2012. Air Power Day 2012 represents an annual opportunity for the United States to showcase its military personnel and unique equipment to a global audience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Craig Cisek) Hi-res

10/21/2012 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Osan Air Base opened its gates to more than 65,000 visitors during Air Power Day Oct. 20 and 21.

More than 22 aircraft from around Pacific Air Forces were on display while the ROK's premiere demonstration team, the Black Eagles, took to the skies to exercise their combat flying capabilities in eight T-50 training aircraft.

"This is a great opportunity for us to share what we do with our community, neighbors and friends," said Col. Patrick McKenzie, 51st Fighter Wing commander, during opening ceremonies. "We have an incredible line-up. The Black Eagles are a fantastic demonstration team."

The show featured aerial demonstrations from A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, a C-17 Globemaster, a ROKAF F-15K Eagle, a T-50 Golden Eagle, a U2 Dradonlady, and a KC-135 Stratotanker. Visitors were also shown a military working dog demonstration, dancing and music from the Korean-American Partnership Association, and a Combat Search and Rescue team mission later in the day.

On the ground, spectators could see an up-close view of a first-time visitor, the F-22 Raptor, and other aircraft like the MV-Osprey and the CH-47 Chinook.

"Putting all of this together started back in May," said Capt. Callous Quinby, 51st Operations Support Squadron wing training chief who was in charge of bringing the aircraft to the peninsula. "People had a chance to come out and see things they normally wouldn't, and they can see how well we work with the ROK Air Force."

The Black Eagles brought cheers from the crowd and seemed to be a fan favorite. "I liked when the planes flew right over us," said Sun Pak, referring to the Black Eagles demonstration.

Despite the busy schedule of events and numerous food booths lining the flight line, the air show's focus was on the partnership between the U.S. and ROK.

"Our relationship with the Republic of Korea Air Force is amazing," said Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell, 51st FW Command Chief. "This is air power at its finest."

Source (including 10 photos)

The following additional picture is available in the photo section of 51st FW's public website:

A-10 Thunderbolts from the 25th Fighter Squadron perform a fly over during Air Power Day 2012 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 20, 2012. The air show highlights the relationship between the 51st Fighter Wing and the ROK through public demonstrations of military equipment and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Siekert) Hi-res

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