F-22 Demonstration team gives presentation at Douglas High School

BOX ELDER, S.D. — Members of the F-22 Raptor Demonstration team dropped by Douglas High School on Thursday to give a presentation on the air show and opportunities in the Air Force.

The students in the high school theater were also able to ask questions following the F-22 team’s presentation, which covered the various different capabilities of the F-22.

Or as the demo personnel put it, the cool parts of flying fighter jets and encouraging the teens.

“There’s something cool and magical by aviation overall, and if we can use that to show, you know, show these kids that no matter what your passion is no matter what it is,” said Major Joshua Gunderson, the F-22 Demonstration Team Commander & Pilot. “You know what hurdles and obstacles you have in your way like you can achieve those goals with the right mindset and the right work ethic. So if we can do that, that’s probably the most rewarding part of this for sure.”

But Major Gunderson says another aspect of talking to the students was encouraging them to set their goals.

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While he touched on opportunities in the Air Force,  he also spoke to the teens about choosing the job that fits them.

“There are tons of other jobs in the Air Force, tons more in the military and and even more jobs you know out there in the civilian world,” Major Gunderson said. “So every single person that has a has a job that’s contributing to you know our country is is helpful and important, you know, and we’ll make sure that we can extract, can stress that.”

Major Gunderson and the crew will be at the Ellsworth Air Show this weekend.

The gates open at 11 and the first flight kicks off at around 11:30.

For a full list and schedule of the demonstrations, click here. 

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