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Air show unites U.S., Honduran air forces

Master Sgt. Bryan Spangler, Viper East F-16 Demo Team Chief, signs an autograph for a Honduran boy at an air show here June 20. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Master Sgt. Bryan Spangler, Viper East F-16 Demo Team Chief, signs an autograph for a Honduran boy at an air show here June 20. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Maj. George Clifford, Viper East F-16 Demo Team pilot, signs an autograph for a Honduran girl at an air show here June 20. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Maj. George Clifford, Viper East F-16 Demo Team pilot, signs an autograph for a Honduran girl at an air show here June 20. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Maj. George Clifford, Viper East F-16 Demo Team pilot, shakes hands with Manuel Zelaya, the president of Honduras, June 20. After receiving a tour of the F-16, the Honduran president thanked the U.S. Air Force for its participation in the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Maj. George Clifford, Viper East F-16 Demo Team pilot, shakes hands with Manuel Zelaya, the president of Honduras, June 20. After receiving a tour of the F-16, the Honduran president thanked the U.S. Air Force for its participation in the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Capt. Isaiah Oppelaar, a pilot deployed here from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., gives a tour of the KC-135 June 21 during an air show. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Capt. Isaiah Oppelaar, a pilot deployed here from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., gives a tour of the KC-135 June 21 during an air show. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

A crowd of air show attendees here cheer as a crew chief from the Viper East F-16 Demo Team marshals an F-16 after an aerial demonstration June 21. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

A crowd of air show attendees here cheer as a crew chief from the Viper East F-16 Demo Team marshals an F-16 after an aerial demonstration June 21. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Maj. George Clifford, Viper East F-16 Demo Team pilot, greets a Honduran boy after his aerial demonstration at an air show here June 20. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Maj. George Clifford, Viper East F-16 Demo Team pilot, greets a Honduran boy after his aerial demonstration at an air show here June 20. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Army Capt. Vijay Gallardo, a UH-60 pilot assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo, jokes with children during a static helicopter display at an air show here June 21. More than 30 Airmen and five Soldiers participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Army Capt. Vijay Gallardo, a UH-60 pilot assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo, jokes with children during a static helicopter display at an air show here June 21. More than 30 Airmen and five Soldiers participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Maj. Jeff Clifford, Viper East F-16 Demo Team pilot, performs an aerial demonstration here June 21, for the air show crowd. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Maj. Jeff Clifford, Viper East F-16 Demo Team pilot, performs an aerial demonstration here June 21, for the air show crowd. More than 30 Airmen participated at the international air show June 20-21. The more than $35,000 proceeds from the show will help build a children?s intensive care unit at a local hospital.

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- An international air show here June 20-21 united Airmen from the U.S. and Honduran air forces and provided an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and aviation expertise.
More than 30 Air Forces Southern Airmen, a KC-135, two F-16s and the Viper East F-16 demonstration team deployed from Davis-Monthan, MacDill and Shaw Air Force Bases, to the Honduran Armando Escalon Air Base to participate in the show, which marks the third year of U.S. Air Force participation.

"Airmen have a special bond, no matter what country they are from," said Honduran Air Force Lt. Col. Jorge Munoz, vice commander of Armando Escalon Air Base. "We share the same principles, spirit, values and love of flight. It is easy for us to get along almost immediately and appreciate each other."

Colonel Munoz said he observed U.S. and Honduran Airmen exchanging knowledge and learning from each other frequently before and throughout the two-day air show.

"Our maintainers have been especially impressed with the discipline and professionalism shown by the F-16 demo team crew chiefs," he said.

The Viper East F-16 Demo Team Chief, Master Sgt. Bryan Spangler, said the team had the opportunity to learn from the Honduran Air Force crew chiefs as well.

"They manage to do a lot with a little and it is incredible to see their creative solutions to maintenance issues," Sergeant Spangler said. "We have learned a lot from them this week."

Colonel Munoz said just like many air forces around the world, the Honduran Air Force faces the challenges of budget cuts, which require creativity and resourcefulness.

"We have to be resourceful to keep the same level of efficiency or we wouldn't survive," he said. "Just like the U.S., we are looking at ways to transform our air force, and we are combining units to share equipment and cut down on costs. This week has been a great opportunity for us to share ideas."

The Airmen participating in the show are not the only ones benefiting from the event. The $35,000 proceeds from the air show will go to build a new children's intensive care unit at local hospital.

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