U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zarate, 325th Munitions Squadron precision guided missiles crew chief, screws down cables on an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range, Air-to-Air missiles at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 5, 2022. The 325th MUNS prepared the munitions for the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group’s Weapons System Evaluation Program-East 22.08. WSEPs are formal, two-week evaluation exercises designed to test a squadron’s capabilities to conduct live-fire weapons systems during air-to-air combat training missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)
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Munitions Squadron Readies Live Missiles for WSEP 22.08

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zarate, 325th Munitions Squadron precision guided missiles crew chief, screws down cables on an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range, Air-to-Air missiles at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 5, 2022. The 325th MUNS prepared the munitions for the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group’s Weapons System Evaluation Program-East 22.08. WSEPs are formal, two-week evaluation exercises designed to test a [Read More …]

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-83), Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, prepares to exit the aircraft after arriving for Checkered Flag 22-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 6, 2022. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise held at Tyndall which fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of 4th- and 5th-generation aircraft during air-to-air combat training. The 22-2 iteration of the exercise was held May 9-20, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Del Oso)
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Checkered Flag 22-2 Jet Arrivals

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-83), Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, prepares to exit the aircraft after arriving for Checkered Flag 22-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 6, 2022. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise held at Tyndall which fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of 4th- and 5th-generation [Read More …]

U.S. Air Force aircrafts with the 12th Flying Training Wing fly in formation during The Great Texas Airshow, Apr. 23, 2022, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The formation consisted of two T-1A Jayhawks; two T-38C Talons; and two T-6 Texan II. The Great Texas Airshow, featuring the Thunderbirds, is scheduled for April 23 thru 24 at JBSA-Randolph. The Thunderbirds perform for people all around the world to display the pride, precision and professionalism the U.S. Air Force represents. Through air shows and flyovers, they aim to excite and inspire. In addition to showcasing the elite skills all pilots must possess, the Thunderbirds demonstrate the incredible capabilities of the Air Force's premier multi-role fighter jet, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyler McQuiston)
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The Great Texas Air Show 2022

U.S. Air Force aircrafts with the 12th Flying Training Wing fly in formation during The Great Texas Airshow, Apr. 23, 2022, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The formation consisted of two T-1A Jayhawks; two T-38C Talons; and two T-6 Texan II. The Great Texas Airshow, featuring the Thunderbirds, is scheduled for April 23 thru 24 at JBSA-Randolph. The Thunderbirds [Read More …]

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
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Joint Freefall Operations

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The [Read More …]

U.S. Air Force tactical air control party (TACP) specialists assigned to Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, jump from a Texas Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules during airborne operations for Exercise Polar Quake at Malemute Drop Zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 12, 2022. The TACP Weapon System is uniquely organized, trained, and equipped to synchronize the majority of ground nodes into the Combined Forces Air Component Commander’s (CFACC) Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) and expand the web of communication to the tactical edge of the battlefield. Exercise Polar Quake highlighted the TACP Weapon System’s capability to provide the CFACC the ability to expand the command and control network and pass real or near real-time intelligence, battlespace situational awareness, and enhance the Find, Fix, Track, Target, Engage, Assess (F2T2EA) process while operating in austere Arctic environmental conditions. Texas Air National Guardsmen from the 136th Airlift Wing provided air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)
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Air Force TACPs demonstrate Arctic Capabilities during Exercise Polar Quake

U.S. Air Force tactical air control party (TACP) specialists assigned to Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, jump from a Texas Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules during airborne operations for Exercise Polar Quake at Malemute Drop Zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 12, 2022. The TACP Weapon System is uniquely organized, trained, and equipped to synchronize the majority [Read More …]

U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington and Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon assigned to RAAF Base Edinburgh, Australia, fly behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker currently assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during exercise Sea Dragon 2022 Jan.19, 2022, near the Philippine Sea. The intent of this mission was to train P-8A Poseidon pilots to tank with the KC-135 during antisubmarine warfare while tracking a simulated submarine target known as an expendable mobile anti-submarine warfare training target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Gossett)
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506 EARS participates in Sea Dragon 2022

U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington and Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon assigned to RAAF Base Edinburgh, Australia, fly behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker currently assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during exercise sea Dragon 2022 Jan.19, 2022, near the Philippine Sea. The intent [Read More …]

A Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructor demonstrates rope climbing during a water survival training course at Lowestoft, England, Jan. 7, 2022. SERE personnel from Royal Air Force Lakenheath and Royal Air Force Mildenhall gave Airmen the chance to train in realistic scenarios where flight staff must work together in order to survive should their aircraft crash in the ocean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Koby I. Saunders)
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SERE Water Survival Training

A Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructor demonstrates rope climbing during a water survival training course at Lowestoft, England, Jan. 7, 2022. SERE personnel from Royal Air Force Lakenheath and Royal Air Force Mildenhall gave Airmen the chance to train in realistic scenarios where flight staff must work together in order to survive should their aircraft crash in the ocean. [Read More …]

An Airman assigned to the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron de-ices a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 7, 2022. Heavy snowfall hit Yokota and the Kanto Plain, accumulating 10 centimeters of snow in the evening, a level unseen in the past four years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
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Yokota Hits a Snowfall

An Airman assigned to the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron de-ices a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 7, 2022. Heavy snowfall hit Yokota and the Kanto Plain, accumulating 10 centimeters of snow in the evening, a level unseen in the past four years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

A formation of 1st Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II’s fly during “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. This “Flight of the Flock” formation was the first time all seven 1st SOS MC-130J Commando II aircraft were generated for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)
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1st SOS Conducts Flight of the Flock

A formation of 1st Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II’s fly during “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. The 1st SOS operates the MC-130J Commando II to provide infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)