America's Newest Fighter to Headline Selfridge Air Show

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  • By TSgt. Dan Heaton
  • 127th Wing Public Affairs
America's newest fighter aircraft will headline the 2011 Selfridge Air Show and Open House.

An U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team will be one of the scheduled flying performances during the free show, Aug. 20-21.

The F-22 offers a combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, representing an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.

"For the majority of our visitors, I am certain this will represent their first opportunity to see an F-22," said Lt. Col. Sean Campbell, the air show director. "There are less than 150 F-22s in the Air Force inventory, so having the aircraft at Selfridge for our show is a very special treat for our visitors."

The theme of the 2011 air show is Youth & Technology in Aviation. Among the displays that will support that theme will be a display from NASA on space exploration and technology.

Additional aircraft, ground equipment and information displays will be presented by all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and by a variety of other government agencies.

The host unit for the Air Show is the 127th Wing, which is a component of the Michigan Air National Guard. The 127th flies the KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueler and the A-10 Thunderbolt II, a close air support attack aircraft.

Additional information on the F-22 Raptor is available at
http://www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=199.