USAF F-16CJ Fighter Pilot on SEAD Mission, Challenges of Flying Block 50 Viper

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Capt. Bryan “Splash” Smith, USAF, chief of mobility and F-16CJ fighter pilot at the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, discusses the Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (also known as SEAD) mission, the role of maintainers, the challenges of operating the Block 50 Viper, the story behind the Wild Weasel patch and more during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted on Thursday, June 24, 2017, at Paris-Le Bourget Airport during the 2017 Paris Air Show. Defense & Aerospace Report’s Paris Air Show coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies & Leonardo DRS.


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