KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The US Air Force Air Combat Command has selected the Tri-Cities and the Columbia Cup to showcase its F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team.
The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft, and according to the US Air Force Air Combat Command Team website. Scott Meyer, Air Show Director for the Tri-Cities Water Follies said, "The US Air Force Air Combat Command selected our event over many other outstanding venues and it is truly an honor to be selected. The F-22 is the world's most advanced fighter aircraft and will appear publicly only 23 times worldwide in 2013."
Kathy Powell, Event Director for the Tri-Cities Water Follies, echoed Hue's comments, saying, "The support that the Tri-Cities community has shown to the USAF over the years had a huge impact on our selection, kudos to all our fans."
"This is the only appearance of the Raptor in the Pacific Northwest this year, so picking the Tri-Cities meant saying no to several well-established air shows and venues in the region," said Powell. "This is a really, really big deal. I hope all our air show fans and our hydro race fans will turn out in full force to support this year's event. I know we'll make such a great impression on the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team that they'll keep coming back in the years to come," she added.
The Lamb Weston Columbia Cup and HAPO Community Credit Union Airshow is July 26-28, 2013. Visit www.waterfollies.com