What is the difference between a single-ship demo team and a multi-plane demonstration squadron, like the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels? How does one get selected to perform with a demonstration team at airshows? Is it a tryout, leadership selection process, etc. and how long is a rotation?
On this episode, the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team joins us to answer these vexing listener questions. Demo pilot Major Garrett “Toro” Schmitz and crew chief Staff Sergeant Austin Dixon explain what the team is, what they do, how they differ from the Thunderbirds, and so much more. Be sure to follow them on Instagram (@viperdemoteam) and Facebook to learn more and catch their next performance.
Episode 45 hero Mike “T-DAY” Torrealday returns to guest co-host this episode, adding valuable insight to the discussion and answering other listener questions such as sneezing in flight, canopy considerations in inclement weather, preflight rituals, whether an American F-14 pilot could fly an Iranian Tomcat, and more.