Roughly 70 cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs are selected every year to become Instructor Pilots through a rigorous year-long upgrade program where they fly at least 80 training sorties. Five are then selected to become part of the USAFA Sailplane Aerobatics Demonstration Team. Since 1986, the USAF Aerobatic Demonstration Team has been performing aerobatic demonstrations at events worldwide.
In 1998, the team began to compete in the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) competitions and have been ranked nationally from 2001 to present. The team currently holds the national collegiate title and is preparing to defend it again this year. Enjoy this pre-season sneak peek of the 2014 USAFA Aerobatics Demonstration Team!