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Thunder Over Georgia to feature 2019 F-22 Demonstration Team

Thunder Over Georgia to feature 2019 F-22 Demonstration Team

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz - U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul 'Loco' Lopez, F-22 Demo Team pilot/commander, is greeted by Staff Sgt. Israel Davila, F-22 Raptor dedicated crew chief, and Senior Airman Erinn Bailey, F-22 Raptor dedicated crew chief, after performing during the Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona air show at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, March 24, 2019. The two-day show featured a lineup of dozens of aircraft from all over the country and attracted over 200,000 spectators. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Samuel Eckholm)

Thunder Over Georgia to feature 2019 F-22 Demonstration Team

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. - The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team climbs in altitude during the Heritage Flight Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, March 2, 2019. The five-day course allows demo teams the opportunity to perfect their performance both on the ground and in the air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The Thunder Over Georgia Air Show is coming to Middle Georgia Sept. 28 and 29, and the base will feature the 2019 F-22 Demonstration Team, a first-ever for Robins Air Force Base.

Based at Langley AFB, Virginia, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team joins the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds for the event.

The Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team uses the F-22 aircraft to perform precision aerial maneuvers while demonstrate the unique capabilities of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft. This is the first time Robins will host the demonstration team.

Thunder Over Georgia attendees will see the full capabilities demonstration by the Raptor, which offers a combination of stealth, super cruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability. Performing both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, it can’t be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

Maj. Paul Lopez II is the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot and, as such, is responsible for representing Air Combat Command, the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense and the United States of America at more than 20 air shows annually.

Lopez leads the 18 member F- 22 Raptor Demonstration Team, oversees maintenance actions performed on one of the most advanced fighter jets ever built, and showcases the Raptor’s exceptional maneuverability for more than 10 million spectators around the world. He is an operational F-22 pilot assigned to the 1st Operations Group within the 1st Fighter Wing.

Come enjoy the 2019 F-22 Demonstration Team, along with the Thunderbirds and other performers at Thunder Over Georgia for a day of family-friendly fun.

For more information on the air show, visit www.robins.af.mil/airshow.