‘TORO’ HAS THE VIPER BY ITS HORNS!!
CCA Will Welcome U.S.A.F. Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team to Mather Airport this October 5 & 6! So, it’s actually ‘THIS!’ Horned Viper (which is also a handful and bites) …
Maj. Garret ‘Toro’ Schmitz is a combat proven fighter pilot with over 340 combat hours in the F-16. He leads the 15-member Demo Team, which includes overseeing maintenance actions performed on the $43 million Lockheed Martin aircraft and showcases the Viper’s exceptional maneuverability for more than 10 million spectators around the world each year.
“At the age of 8 or 10, Toro went to an Airshow in his small town and watched the F-16 Demonstration Team perform, when he saw the pilot perform his maximum climb and spiraled out of sight, he knew that’s what he wanted to do.”
Maj. Schmitz is from Price, Utah where he attended Carbon High School. Following high school, he attended University of Arizona, AZ, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and earning his commission through the University of Arizona’s Reserve Officer Training Program.
NorCal connection to Viper Demo Team
“The team is [all] excited to be a part of the CA Capital Airshow, but some of us are a bit more eager.” “TSgt. Luis Lopez, SSgt. Austin Dixon and TSgt. Ryan Hutchison are all from California and consider [CA Capital Airshow] as our “home” show and look forward to putting on a great demonstration for our families, friends and the public,” shared TSgt. Hutchinson, the Noncommissioned Officer In Charge for the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team.
Don’t miss the action this October 5 & 6 – Come meet the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team’s Super Heroes!
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