F-22 Raptor Demo Team receive COMACC qualification

.S. Air Force Maj. Paul “Loco” Lopez, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot, completed a qualification performance for U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, Commander of Air Combat Command, to certify his capabilities as a demo team pilot at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 18, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, poses for a photo with the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 18, 2017. The F-22 Raptor Demo team displayed their air power skills for Holmes during a COMACC certification, demonstrating a qualifying performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kaylee Dubois)

Air Combat Command and 1st Fighter Wing leadership observe an F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performance at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 18, 2017.

Air Combat Command and 1st Fighter Wing leadership observe an F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performance at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 18, 2017. The F-22 Raptor Team will continue to showcase the fifth-generation aircraft through 25 demonstrations in 21 locations around the country, as well as in Santiago, Chile and Alberta, Canada. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of Air Combat Command, speaks with the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team during a performance at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 18, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of Air Combat Command, speaks with the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team during a performance at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 18, 2017. The demonstration team, consists of four dedicated crew chiefs, three avionics specialists, a weapons loader, aircrew flight equipment specialist, public affairs specialist, team chief, team superintendent and pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul “Loco” Lopez, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot, completed a qualification performance for U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, Commander of Air Combat Command, to certify his capabilities as a demo team pilot at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 18, 2017. 

The demonstration team looks to educate current and future U.S. Air Force generations on the importance of airpower superiority, while enhancing community and international relations. 

In March 2018, the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team will begin their demonstrations for the 2018 show season. 

“We are excited to get the 2018 demonstration team out on the road,” said Lopez. “We are going to showcase the best demo possible during our tour.”

The 13-member team will start the 2018 season at the Yuma Air Show at Marine Corps Air Station, Arizona. The team will continue to showcase the fifth-generation aircraft through 25 demonstrations in 21 locations around the country, as well as in Santiago, Chile and Alberta, Canada.

“We are excited to showcase American airpower,” said Tech. Sgt. James Fleming, F-22 Raptor Demo Team chief. “We hope to make the American public proud of what their Armed Forces bring to the fight.”

The team, which consist of four dedicated crew chiefs, three avionics specialists, a weapons loader, aircrew flight equipment specialist, public affairs specialist, team chief, team superintendent and demonstration pilot, will take the opportunity to engage with communities to help instill confidence in the Air Force and the F-22 Raptor during their tour.

For more information about the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team or their show schedule, visit http://www.acc.af.mil/Home/Aerial-Events/F-22A-Demo-Team/.