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The last six operational F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft lifted off from the runway here Sept. 21 at approximately 11 a.m. on their way to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, where they will continue flying. Final operational F-16s depart Hill
The last six operational F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft lifted off from the runway here Sept. 21 at approximately 11 a.m. on their way to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, where they will continue flying.Several military and civilian Airmen watched as pilots stepped to the jets and taxied away for takeoff. The operational F-16s, which have been assigned
0 9/22
2017
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty 8th Fighter Squadron reactivated after six years
A pilot strides forward, his green flight suit a stark contrast to the pale blue of a desert morning sky. An insignia, circled in gold and donning a sheep with a wool coat black as night, is stitched atop his right breast. He hikes up a ladder, hands gripping steel and hops into the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon. The Black Sheep have returned.
0 8/04
2017
FILE PHOTO -- The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, performs precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft to people throughout the world. The squadron exhibits the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft. The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, three civilians and more than 130 enlisted personnel performing in 25 career fields. The Lockheed Martin (formerly General Dynamics) F-16 Fighting Falcon represents the full range of capabilities possessed by the Air Force's tactical fighters. This highly maneuverable multi-role fighter has proven itself to be one of the world's best precision tactical bombers and air-to-air combat aircraft. The only modifications needed to prepare the aircraft for its air demonstration role are installing a smoke-generating system in the space normally reserved for the 20mm cannon, and the painting of the aircraft in Thunderbird colors. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Thunderbirds announce 2018 officer selections
The commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, has officially selected the officers who will be joining the United States Air Force Thunderbirds for the 2018 demonstration season.
0 6/30
2017
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performs a flight demonstration for an audience at the Paris Air Show June 19, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Held every year, the Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. government security policy and strategic defense objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
U.S. aircraft and Department of Defense personnel are on display at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, June 19-25.
0 6/19
2017
One of the first F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft arrives at Hill Air Force Base. (Courtesy photo) Hill F-16 squadron celebrating 40 years of combat airpower, part 1
Forty years ago, the United States Air Force announced that the 388th Fighter Wing would be the first unit to transition to the F-16 Fighting Falcon, now more commonly known as the Viper. Thirty-eight years ago, the first operational F-16A took to the skies here and the Viper has been slipping the surly bonds of earth over Utah ever since.
0 3/23
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Kohler, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. removes an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile from an F-16CM Fighting Falcon in support of Red Flag 17-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 28, 2017. While participating in Red Flag, weapons load crew members have the opportunity to work with live munitions as opposed to the dummy munitions they practice with at Shaw. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zade Vadnais) Up all night: 20th MXG ensures readiness 24/7
Las Vegas never sleeps, and neither does the 20th Maintenance Group, which conducts 24-hour operations whether at home at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, or on temporary duty at Nellis in support of Red Flag 17-2.
0 3/14
2017
Explosive Ordnance Disposal team members, assigned to the 734th Explosive Ordnance Company EOD at Fort Bliss, Texas and the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD flight pose for a picture at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Feb. 14, 2017. The two teams participated in joint training in which the 49th EOD team taught the 734th EOD team pinning procedures on an F-16 Fighting Falcon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ilyana A. Escalona) Air Force, Army EOD joint training
Explosive Ordnance Disposal team members, assigned to the 734th Explosive Ordnance Company EOD at Fort Bliss, Texas, participated in a joint training exercise with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Feb. 14, 2017.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II and a P-47 Thunderbolt fly in formation during the 2017 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2017. The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001. The modern aircraft that participated in this year’s HFTCC were the F-35 Lightning II, the F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and the A-10C Thunderbolt II. The historic aircraft included the P-51 and T-51 Mustangs, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-38 Lightning, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the T-33 Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) 2017 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course
A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II and a P-47 Thunderbolt fly in formation during the 2017 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2017. The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001. The modern aircraft that participated in this year’s HFTC were the F-35 Lightning II, the F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and the A-10C Thunderbolt II. The historic aircraft included the P-51 and T-51 Mustangs, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-38 Lightning, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the T-33 Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre
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2017
An F-15 Eagle takes off to perform a practice run for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 19, 2017. It is symbolic for the F-22 to fly out front as it is the world’s most capable fifth generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese) USAF fighter jets practice for inauguration flyover
Four U.S. Air Force fighter jets practice for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2017. Two generations of fighter aircraft are scheduled to fly in a close formation during the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump at the capitol in Washington, District of Columbia, Jan. 20, 2017.
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2017
U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle pilots from the 336th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, perform final operations checks on their aircraft prior to take-off at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 5, 2016. The 336th FS and other Air Force units deployed to Tyndall AFB to participate in Checkered Flag 17-1, a large-scale aerial total force integration exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Solomon Cook/Released) Checkered Flag 17-1 complete
The 325th Air Expeditionary Wing, comprised of various maintenance, logistics readiness, and fighter squadrons, completed its mission of simulating a large-scale aerial total force integration exercise Dec. 5-16, 2016. Involving more than 90 aircraft and more than 800 personnel, Checkered Flag 17-1 lasted two weeks.
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2016
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