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    F-16 VDT announces new pilot

    F-16 VDT announces new pilot

    Photo By Senior Airman Kathryn Reaves | U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Dixon, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team (VDT) dedicated...... read more read more

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, VA, UNITED STATES

    01.29.2019

    Story by Senior Airman Kathryn Reaves 

    20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

    Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, certified the new F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot and commander ahead of the 2019 season, Jan. 29.

    Capt. Zoe “SiS” Kotnik is the Air Force’s first female single-ship aerial demonstration pilot and has over 1,000 flying hours in her eight years of military service.

    “What I’m looking forward to most is the potential to have an influence on younger generations,” said Kotnik. "I know firsthand how impactful airshows can be and what a difference it makes to young people to see just one example of what they too can do and who they can become. I hope to be a source of inspiration and motivation they can draw from to apply in their own lives.”

    The new commander, originally assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, solidified her leadership of the team following extensive training including four certifications, off-station training flights and more than 30 practice missions.

    This preseason training’s goal is to ensure a safe year as the team performs at approximately 20 locations across the world in 2019.

    “These shows allow us to demonstrate the capabilities of the F-16 to a world-wide audience while highlighting the work of the Airmen who keep the Viper flying,” said Master Sgt. Chris Schneider, F-16 VDT superintendent. “It’s not every day people get the chance to hear the sound of freedom roaring over their heads or watch a team of maintainers working together to make it happen.”

    The F-16 VDT gives individuals a firsthand look at the world’s premiere multi-role fighter aircraft through precision aerial maneuvers while working toward their mission of inspiring the next generation of Airmen while helping the public identify with the military.

    For more information on the F-16 VDT or for the team’s 2019 schedule, visit www.shaw.af.mil/Viper-Demo-Team.

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    Date Taken: 01.29.2019
    Date Posted: 01.29.2019 10:40
    Story ID: 308608
    Location: JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, VA, US 

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