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F-22 Raptor Demo Team visits pediatric floor at Benefis to share love of aviation

Posted: 7:39 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 21:39:11-04

The F-22 Raptor Demonstration team touched down in the Electric City this afternoon.

They are visiting Great Falls for the Mission Over Malmstrom Airshow, an event marking the first time since 2007 that Malmstrom has opened their doors to the public.

While the F-22 Demonstration Team is visiting, they want to maximize their opportunities and go out into the community, meet fans and show their support to everyone.

Shortly after the team touched down, they did just that.

One of their first stops was to the pediatric floor at Benefis Hospital, to visit children and their families and spread their love for aviation.

2nd Lt. Samuel Eckholm, F-22 Raptor Demonstration public affairs officer, said, “It’s just pretty special to be able to talk to kids, kind of remind us where we were at when we were their age.”

One boy the team had the opportunity to hang out with was Logan.

Eckhold said: “So we just had the opportunity to meet a young boy named Logan, who is obsessed with airplanes and aviation, and being able to walk into his room and teach him a little bit about the F-22 Demo Team and what we do. [He] put a smile on our face just as his as well, and that was a powerful thing to experience.”

Mission Over Malmstrom is just one out of 20 airshows the team attends this season.

You can watch their performance July 13 and 14 at 2:30 p.m.