U.S. Air Force F-35A Demo Team Makes First-Ever Live Facebook Flight Demo

U.S. Air Force F-35A Demo Team Makes First-Ever Live Facebook Flight Demo
An F-35A Lightning II soars over Hill Air Force Base during a demonstration practice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demo Team made aviation history today with the first-ever F-35A demonstration broadcast live around the world on social media. C

The live internet program was hosted by F-35A Demo Team announcer Capt. Kip Sumner of the team and featured guests like Col. Joshua “Dog” Wood, commander of the 388th Operations Group and 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah, where the actual demonstration flight took place. Production of the broadcast was done by the 2nd Audio Visual Squadron at Hill AFB.

Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe along with the rest of the F-35A Demo Team streamed the flight demonstration that including expert commentary and live interviews on their Facebook page at U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team.

The Facebook Live broadcast featured multiple cameras and angles to provide perspectives on the demo routine that would actually be impossible to get at a live airshow.

F-35 Demo Team Virtual Performance – 29 May

This Friday, in partnership with our wingmen at the 2d Audiovisual Squadron, your United States Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demo Team will be hosting a LIVE & behind-the-scenes demo performance here on our FB and YouTube Pages.We'll start streaming this Friday, 29 May at 1:40 MDT/3:40 EST, with a 2:30 MDT/4:30 EST takeoff time. (As always, practices times can be subject to change without notice)We'll have guest-interviews, multiple cameras, and showcase never-before-seen parts of our routine that will give you an UP-CLOSE and personal look at our team practices, even closer than what you would see at one of our airshow performances.Stay tuned for more information, and be sure to join us this Friday, it's going to rock 🇺🇸⚡️⚡#F35DemoTeam l #AimHigh

Posted by U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team on Friday, May 29, 2020

To cap off the performance, there was a short interview with Capt. Wolfe immediately after finishing her demo flight.

The F-35A Demo Team, along with all other military demo teams, have been forced to cancel early-season airshow appearances due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But the pandemic has not slowed the tempo of operations for the 388th Fighter Wing, the Air Force’s first combat F-35A wing.

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