14th FIGHTER SQUADRON – PACAF F-16 DEMONSTRATION TEAM

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Korean computer made/mounted on velcro   3.75 inch-95mm

 

PACAF F-16 DEMONSTRATION TEAM

Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, promotes positive relations between the United States and nations across the Western Pacific. Flying the Block 50 version of the Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcon, the team demonstrates the awesome power and maneuver ability of the aircraft to the delight of aviation enthusiasts everywhere.

The team averages 20 shows a year at 12 locations across the Pacific, including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Guinea and the Republic of Korea.

History. Originally based at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, the team moved to Misawa in October 1995. Basing the team at Misawa helps showcase the U.S. and Japan bilateral relationship as a model of successful cooperation.

The team’s primary goals:

1. Present a positive, professional image of the United States Air Force to the people of the Western Pacific by making personal contact with host nation people on and off the flightline while showing support for the host government through the U.S.’ presence.

2. Safely demonstrate the awesome power and maneuverability of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

3. While on the road, dedicate at least 10 hours on the flightline every day to answer people’s questions about the F-16. Afterward, the team devotes time to go out and learn more about the host nation.

Pilots. The PACAF F-16 Demonstration Team is assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron — one of two fighter squadrons assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing. The team includes a hand-picked all-volunteer cadre of one pilot, two narrators and a maintenance team composed of four crew chiefs and five specialists responsible for the aircraft’s avionics and electrical systems and engines. Besides their weekend show schedule, team members must be ready to deploy in support of the 35th Fighter Wing’s wartime mission while handling their day-to-day jobs within the squadron.

 

14th FIGHTER SQUADRON (PACAF) 

Lineage. Constituted 14 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 9 Jun 1942. Activated on 20 Jun 1942. Redesignated: 14 Photographic Squadron (Light) on 5 Feb 1943; 14 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 13 Nov 1943. Inactivated on 27 Dec 1945. Redesignated 14 Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic, on 8 Oct 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 6 Nov 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated 14 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 26 May 1952. Activated in the Reserve on 14 Jun 1952. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1953 . Redesignated 14 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, and activated, on 25 Oct 1966. Organized on 3 Apr 1967. Inactivated on 30 Jun 1975. Redesignated 14 Tactical Fighter Squadron on 5 Jun 1984. Activated on 1 Jan 1987.  Redesignated 14 Fighter Squadron on 31 May 1991.

Assignments. 3 Photographic (later, 3 Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping) Group, 20 Jun 1942 (attached to Second Air Force, 31 Aug-5 Oct 1942; Army Air Forces, 6 Oct 1942-4 May 1943; Eighth Air Force, 5 May-7 Jul 1943); 7 Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping (later, 7 Photographic; 7 Reconnaissance) Group, 7 Jul 1943; United States Air Forces in Europe, 21 Nov-27 Dec 1945. 65 Reconnaissance Group, 6 Nov 1947-27 Jun 1949. 65 Troop Carrier Group, 14 Jun 1952-1 Apr 1953. Tactical Air Command, 25 Oct 1966; 75 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 3 Apr 1967; 432 Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 432 Tactical Fighter) Wing, 28 Oct 1967-30 Jun 1975. 432 Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Jan 1987; 432 Operations Group, 31 May 1991; 35 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1994-.

Stations. Colorado Springs, CO, 20 Jun 1942; Colorado Springs (later, Peterson) AAFld, CO, 1 Aug 1942-24 Apr 1943; Mount Farm, England, 12 May 1943; Chalgrove, England, 2 Apr 1945; Villacoublay, France, c. 13 Oct-12 Dec 1945; Camp Shanks, NY, 24-27 Dec 1945. Binghampton, NY, 6 Nov 1947-27 Jun 1949. Mitchel AFB, NY, 14 Jun 1952-1 Apr 1953. Bergstrom AFB, TX, 3 Apr-25 Oct 1967; Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 28 Oct 1967-30 Jun 1975. Misawa AB, Japan, 1 Jan 1987-.

Aircraft. P-38/F-4, 1942; P-38/F-5, 1942-1944, 1944-1945; Spitfire, 1943-1945; P-51, 1945; C-64, 1945; C-53, 1945. T-6, 1947-1949; T-11, 1947-1949. C-46, 1952-1953. RF-4, 1967-1975. F-16, 1987-.

Operations. Combat in European Theater of Operations (ETO), 12 Aug 1943-25 Apr 1945. Flew over 300 successful sorties in support of Operation OVERLORD, the invasion of Normandy, France, in Jun 1944. Earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for missions over France, 31 May-30 Jun 1944. Flew missions in Holland in support of Operation MARKET GARDEN, Sep 1944. Flew damage assessment missions over Germany until 23 Jul 1945. Returned to the United States and inactivated in Dec 1945. Operated as a reserve unit in New York from Nov 1947-Jun 1949; trained with T-6 and T-11 aircraft. As a tactical reconnaissance squadron saw combat in Southeast Asia (SEA), 2 Nov 1967-Aug 1973; served as the only tactical reconnaissance squadron in SEA in mid-1971. Documented by aerial photography the communist takeover of Cambodia and the Republic of Vietnam in 1975. Trained in employment of conventional weapons in close air support and battlefield roles, 1987-. From 1997 through 2005, along with the 13 Fighter Squadron, its sister squadron, rotated to Southwest Asia (SWA) in support of Operations NORTHERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Vietnam: Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: France, 31 May-30 Jun 1944. Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): [28 Oct] 1967-1 Nov 1968; 1 Nov 1968-31 Oct 1969; 1 Apr-22 Oct 1972. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat “V” Device: 21 Nov 1969-20 Nov 1970; 21 Nov 1970-6 Apr 1971; 18 Dec 1972-27 Jan 1973; 5 Jan-12 Apr 1975. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan-31 Dec 1991; 1 Oct 1992-30 Sep 1994; 1 Oct 1995-30 Sep 1996; 1 Oct 1997-30 Sep 1999; 1 Oct 1999-30 Sep 2001; 1 Oct 2001-30 Sep 2003; 1 Jul 2004-31 May 2006. French Croix de Guerre with Palm: 1944. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [28 Oct] 1967-28 Jan 1973.

Emblem. Approved on 7 Jan 1993.

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