FIDAE 2022: USAF sends F-22, B-52 aircraft to Chile to demonstrate US airpower, capabilities

USAF F22 Raptor FIDAE Chile
U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, preforms the weapons bay door pass during rehearsal for the 2022 FIDAE Air & Trade Show, April 3, 2022 in Santiago, Chile.

The United States has sent over 130 aviators and guardians to Santiago, Chile in recent days to participate in the Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio (FIDAE), Latin America’s largest aerospace, defense and security exhibition, April 5-10, 2022, according to the 12th Air Force.

Among those representing the United States Air Force are 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the Texas and Nevada Air National Guard, and the Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute team. Air Force Global Strike Command will also be represented by a B-52 Stratofortress flyover.

USAF F22 Raptor FIDAE Chile

U.S. Space Force is also in attendance to work together with partner nations and promote mutual interests of security and stability within the space domain. FIDAE provides an opportunity to engage with industry, partner nation air and space leadership as well as visitors to strengthen the understanding and the shared responsibility of space behaviors integral to the increasingly digital and interconnected world.

Over the course of the week, demonstrations by the F-22 Raptor and Wings of Blue parachute team will showcase U.S. airpower, capabilities and enduring promise as a committed partner in the region. Additionally, the F-22, Texas Air National Guard’s C-130J Super Hercules, and Nevada Air National Guard C-130H Hercules static aircraft displays will provide the thousands in attendance an up-close look at critical airframes in the USAF inventory.

USAF F22 Raptor FIDAE Chile

FIDAE also provides senior Air and Space leadership from the U.S. the opportunity to engage in important bilateral discussions with their counterparts in the Chilean Air Force and other Latin American countries.

“We look forward to working alongside our partners in Chile,” said U.S. Air Force Major General Barry Cornish, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Commander. “Our friendship with the Chilean Air Force and Chilean people is enduring and we look forward to continuing to push forward the ability to work together, both in the air and in space.”

USAF F22 Raptor FIDAE Chile

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