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“We train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen”                                                                                  February 2019
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Senior Airman Alexander Cook

                                                  Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander, performs a weapons bay doors pass Jan. 16 during an
                                                  F-35 demo practice at Luke Air Force Base. During the off-season, the F-35 Demo Team has been practicing and refining their
                                                  new demonstration, which will highlight the F-35A Lightning II’s full maneuvering capabilities.

                                                  F-35 demo program has new bag of tricks

                      Senior Airman Caleb Worpel                  by Staff Sgt.                     maneuver but spoke about the Pedal Turn                “I’m just a human trying to fly this thing
                                                             JENSEN STIDHAM                         with enthusiasm.                                    as best as I can, making sure my mistakes
Team luke honors mlk                                                                                                                                    are small, manageable and correctable every
                                                                   F-35A Demo Team Public Affairs      “When you watch the ground footage from          time,” Olson said.
                                    See Page 10                                                     the Pedal Turn, it’s almost unbelievable to
                                                     Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35A Lightning II         witness what you’re seeing,” he said. “Any in-         Just as a lot of flying time is important to the
Continue to get Luke’s latest                     Demonstration Team commander and pilot,           verted maneuver, where you’re up-side-down          training,the simple things are just as essential
 news and information from                        has spent much of the last three months,          at negative 1G and hanging from the straps          to a high-performance athlete like Olson.
  these sources: http://www.                      designing, developing and practicing the ma-      in the seat, is a really fun maneuver to do.                        neuvers of the all new demo profile.              You’re seeing the world from a whole different         He says getting in the gym, staying fit, eat-
                                                                                                    perspective.”                                       ing right and getting plenty of sleep are just a                          Fourteen maneuvers make up the aerobatic                                                           few of the things he keeps in mind, saying the
         and social media                         performance, many of which have never been           Olson mentioned that hanging in the straps       flight is a workout in-and-of-itself.
                                                  seen by public audiences.                         is not something often done in fighter aircraft,
Luke56thFW  @LukeAFB                                                                                so seeing this one-of-a-kind performance               “Other demo teams may give you a sample
                                                     “The maneuvers showcase the full envelope      is sure to be a spectacle. To achieve such a        of one or two of these maneuvers, but nowhere
Date of publication                               of the F-35,” Olson said.“On the slow end, we’ll  unique demo profile, he has been preparing          else will you see all of the best maneuvers
                                                  get down to less than 100 miles per hour of air   in many ways.                                       on the planet combined into one epic demo,”
      First Friday                                speed, just barely hanging there but in com-                                                          Olson said. “There’s no filler in this flight. It’s
                                                  plete control.Then on the high end,we’re going       “By the time it’s done, we’ll be at close to 30  a light-the-afterburner-and-rage-for-30-min-
           of the month                           to take it up to just below the sound barrier     training flights,” Olson said.“Countless hours      utes kind of show.”
                                                  for the high-speed pass. We’re also going to be   in the simulator, academics on the ground
    Submission deadline                           pulling up to 9Gs, 9 times the force of gravity,  before the first flight ever occurred and then         The F-35 Demo Team is scheduled to
                                                  and carving the jet into the air at huge angles   after every training event there is careful         perform at air shows across the country in
15th day of the month                             of attack of more than 50 degrees.”               analysis of the video from both the ground          2019. During their historic inaugural season,
                                                                                                    and in the cockpit.”                                Olson and the team of six maintainers and
prior to date of publication                         Some maneuvers in the demonstration                                                                support personnel plan to interact with as
                                                  include: High Alpha Half Cuban, Weapons              Viewing the videos after each flight has         many air show attendees as they can. So get
                                                  Bay Doors Pass, Minimum Radius Turn to            proven essential to this historic demo pilot’s      your sunscreen out and earplugs in, because
                                                  High Alpha Loop, Pedal Turn, Square Loop,         training, as he continues to refine his skills      2019 is shaping up to be the most intense air
                                                  Slow Speed to Power Climb with a Split-S          in the aircraft.                                    show season ever.
                                                  Reposition, Inverted to Inverted Roll and
  Veterans                                        Tactical Pitch.                                            F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Team performs at

            Tell us Your Story                       Each air show demonstration is scheduled        Lightning Over Arizona Air Show
  Active-duty, Reserve, Retirees                  to last approximately 30 minutes. Half of the
All military branches are included                show will be spent performing jaw-dropping                 March 23 and 24 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
                                                  maneuvers and the other half performing the       Questions? Go to
 Email name, phone number and a                   Heritage Flight profile with select vintage
brief description of your service to              war planes.                       Olson said that he does not have a favorite

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