HomeNewsArticle Display

U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle's capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E  instructor pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O'Shea)

Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle's capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O'Shea)

Gen. Frank Gorenc speaks with Airmen during a static display tour July 14, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Participation in FIA highlights the strength of the U.S. commitment to the security of NATO, the strong alliance with the U.K., and demonstrates interoperability with allies and the defense industry state-of-the-art capabilities. Gorenc is the the U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa and Allied Air Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O'Shea)

Gen. Frank Gorenc speaks with Airmen during a static display tour July 14, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Participation in FIA highlights the strength of the U.S. commitment to the security of NATO, the strong alliance with the U.K., and demonstrates interoperability with allies and the defense industry state-of-the-art capabilities. Gorenc is the the U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa and Allied Air Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O'Shea)

The Royal Air Force aerobatic team, The Red Arrows, fly over a crowd July 14, 2014, during the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Held every two years, the airshow represents a unique opportunity for the U.S. and its allies to show case their leadership in aerospace technologies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O'Shea)

The Royal Air Force aerobatic team, The Red Arrows, fly over a crowd July 14, 2014, during the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Held every two years, the airshow represents a unique opportunity for the U.S. and its allies to show case their leadership in aerospace technologies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O'Shea)

ROYAL AIR FORCE FAIRFORD, England (AFNS) -- Organizations, businesses and military forces from across the globe gathered in Farnborough, England, to celebrate 100 years of aviation at the Farnborough International Air Show, or FIA, July 14 -20.

FIA is a biennial international trade show for the aerospace industry to demonstrate the latest in both civilian and military aircraft capabilities.

"Farnborough gives us the opportunity to showcase our military personnel, aircraft, and technology with our allies," said Col. Todd Pavich, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, FIA air boss. "The aircraft we have on display demonstrate our capability to accomplish the missions we may be called upon to execute."

The U.S. military has participated in FIA since its inception. This year, units from bases across Europe and the U.S. again came together in the Department of Defense corral, showcasing the aircraft and personnel critical to maintaining operational readiness, and demonstrating the U.S.'s readiness to meet the full range of 21st-century challenges.

"In the U.S. DOD corral we have an Army UH-60, an F-18 and P-8 from the Navy, and an F-15E and two F-16 from the Air Force," Pavich said. "We have established a team here; everyone has the same agenda - to tell visitors about our military and our aircraft."

Service members took time at the airshow to connect with both military and industry partners.

"The airshow gives us the opportunity to increase America's warfighting capability. We do this by learning about what our partner forces bring to the fight," said Maj. Jared Shackleford, a 480th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot. “So, when we are called upon, our overall tactical effectiveness will be unmatched by any enemy force.

Several key U.S. government representatives and DOD leaders participated in FIA as well, communicating America's continuous commitment to security and promoting international cooperation.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Matthew Barzun kicked off FIA with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the U.S. pavilion, before paying a visit to the aircraft corral. Other distinguished U.S. visitors included: Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, USAFE Commander Gen. Frank Gorenc and Defense Security Cooperation Agency Director Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey.

Military participants spent the rest of the week engaging in dialogue with industry partners in interested in the DOD aviation capabilities.

"The industry leaders are the ones who provide us with the tools to accomplish our job," Shackleford said. "It's important we provide them with input and feedback, so they can continue to supply us with the world's best warfighting machines."

The trade show concluded with the International Rocketry Challenge, where high school-aged students from Japan, France, the U.S. and the U.K. gathered to compete for an international title.

Before the event, the students were welcomed into the DOD corral and given the opportunity to ask the aircrew and maintainers questions about their respective airframes.

"It was nice to see innovation and knowledge is still huge, not only in America, but around the world," Meyers said. "It's amazing knowing these young aerospace leaders are going to be a part of the aerospace industry in the future. We enjoying being able to show them where their career paths can take them (in the military)."

The military members showed support for these future leaders in full force by attending the challenge and cheering for their favorite teams.

"It was great to see them perform," Shackleford said. "We are interested in their education; the support we show them proves we want to encourage them not only now, but in the future."

On Saturday, FIA was opened to the public. Visitors from all over the world were welcomed into the corral, and encouraged to get a closer look at the aircraft displays. This gave participating service members a chance to introduce their respective aircraft aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

"It's great to engage with people who are just as passionate about aviation as we are," Pavich said. "Several people have thanked me for letting them get up close to see and touch the aircraft. It's a privilege to share this with the public, and our team here has really enjoyed the opportunity and experience."

U.S. participation in the international event concluded with the close of Farnborough International Airshow on Sunday. Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen alike returned to their home bases, with sights already set on FIA 2016.

"It is important for people to understand the U.S. capabilities and why we are here in Europe," said Capt. Thomas Meyer, a 494th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot. "We are forward, ready, now; we are here to support our NATO allies, bolster our partnerships, and continue to do so throughout the future."

Engage

Twitter
#DYK The F-16A, a single-seat model, first flew in December 1976. The first operational F-16A was delivered in Janu… https://t.co/B72dKcCrnr
Twitter
#DYK The C-17 made its maiden flight on Sept. 15, 1991, and the first production model was delivered to Charleston… https://t.co/edfO5R1YEm
Twitter
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: To the @PACAF Total Force #Airmen, thank you for your dedication to the mission and your spirit to serve. https://t.co…
Twitter
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: I have no doubt @PACAF will continue to grow & prosper under the steady & focused leadership of the #USAF’s newest 4-s…
Twitter
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: For the past 2 yrs, PACAF has transformed under Gen. Brown’s leadership with a new joint mission to deter aggression i…
Twitter
This technology keeps Airmen out of harm’s way when diffusing a bomb. One of the best opportunities to check out &… https://t.co/jWkN0Vbv6c
Twitter
RT @PACAF: Join us live July 8th, as Gen. CQ Brown Jr. relinquishes command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces to Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach. To vie…
Twitter
RT @PACAF: "Two years ago when I assumed command of Pacific Air Forces I told you that I was honored, blessed and proud. Today, I am simply…
Twitter
The Dept. of the Air Force has stood up a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in support of both the Air Force and t… https://t.co/XS2kv8pJg6
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Joint force training is the best training💪 Airmen and Soldiers routinely work together to strengthen interoperability in…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Just arrived at @EielsonAirForce Base to discuss Team Eielson's critical role in projecting @USAirForce #AirPower with t…
Twitter
Air Force surgeon general addressed #COVID19, innovation & leadership during a recent visit to Dover AFB.… https://t.co/qSpY2izHeE
Twitter
#DYK Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center serves as the single intermediate-level headquarters respons… https://t.co/dLlxQW4yFz
Twitter
I AM THE MISSION @USAFCENT Airmen discuss their missions with the MQ-9 Reaper and how they work together while dep… https://t.co/AbJupnj7o5
Twitter
Check out the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center's new mission! @HQ_AFMC #ReadyAF #AimHigh https://t.co/fRTJUKp1eb
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Col. Geoffrey Jensen, the @173rdFW's Operations Group commander, pilots an F-15 Eagle over Kingsley Field in Klamath Fall…
Twitter
RT @HQUSAFEAFAF: From the Arctic to Africa, the Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing are always ready! #ReadyAF https://t.co/StKBRCTkkT
Twitter
Help make the Department of the Air Force the best place for civilians to work by voicing your opinions via the upc… https://t.co/oUOpAWD59W
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,250,299
Follow Us