More than 65 US airmen, a B-52 Stratofortress, a C-130, a C-17, and two F-22 Raptors are in Chile this week for FIDAE 2016. FIDAE, or the Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio, provides “a great opportunity for airmen to work hand-in-hand with the Chilean air force,” Col. Mike Torrealday, reserve advisor to the 12th AF commander and Air Forces Southern mission commander for the event, said in a press release. The two Raptors from Langley AFB, Va., and a C-17 from Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, arrived in Santiago, Chile, on March 27; the B-52 is scheduled to do a fly over on Friday. Torrealday said the international air and space fair “gives our airmen a chance to learn new concepts and procedures from the several other air forces that are here, and it also gives them the chance to interact and learn about the latest technology in air and space.”
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.