First Female Earns Spot on F-22 Demo Team at Langley Air Force Base

Senior Airman Kyara Johnson is the first woman to become a member of the F-22 RaptorDemonstration Team at Langley Air Force Base.

Before joining the team, Johnson was a weapons loader for the 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit packing the stealth fighter with missiles and bombs. Now, Johnson is responsible for the music and video camera during the aerial team’s shows, according to a base publication.

“She is definitely a breath of fresh air for the team,” said Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Billie, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team maintenance team chief, according to the base. “Her work ethic is astounding — you never have to ask her to do anything because she is already three steps ahead of you, and she does it with a smile on her face.”

Johnson said she welcomes the opportunity to branch out of her career field while still working with the Air Force‘s top aircraft.

She also enjoys the interaction with the public at shows, answering questions about the aircraft and the service.

“I’ve had people come up to me and tell me they just had to talk to me because they are happy that a female is on the team,” Johnson told the base.

The demonstration team doesn’t have any upcoming air shows in Virginia. But on Sept. 17 and 18, the team will preform in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Air Force Tattoo and at the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball game.

Daily Press, Newport News, Va. | Aug 06, 2015 | by Ali Rockett

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