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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Benjamin Shipley, 55th Fighter Squadron F-16CM Fighting Falcon pilot, prepares for flight atop his aircraft at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 16, 2017. Shooters launch first Rapid Ready Weasel exercise
On a cold autumn morning, F-16CM Fighting Falcon maintainers scramble to put on gas masks and look over their wingmen for potential leaks in mission oriented protective posture gear, which could compromise the clothing’s ability to deter the effects of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
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ACC Commander offers encouragement to newest AF aviators ACC Commander offers encouragement to newest AF aviators
Gen. Mike Holmes, Commander of Air Combat Command, addressed Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 17-14 during their graduation ceremony here Sept. 8. Holmes, a former 14th Operations Group Commander, spoke to the Air Force’s 22 newest aviators, one of which was his son, 2nd Lt. Wade Holmes.
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. 64th ARGS: Sharpening sword for combat air forces
The 64th Aggressor Squadron and its pilots have handled the mission of preparing combat air forces, joint and allied aircrews to win any fight, any time, since 1972.
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces initiatives to lessen pilot shortage
Air Force officials announced three additional initiatives designed to enhance mission readiness by keeping pilots in the service and bringing retired pilots back to fill critical-rated positions.
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Default Air Force Logo Luke AFB temporarily cancels F-35A local flying ops
The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, cancelled local flying operations today for F-35A Lightning II aircraft due to a series of five incidents in which pilots have experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.
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U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle pilots from of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., taxi after landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, during exercise Northern Edge 2017, May 11, 2017. With participants and assets from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard, Northern Edge is Alaska’s premier joint-training exercise designed to practice operations and enhance interoperability among the services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena) Significant changes to Aviation Bonus Program
As part of its retention efforts, the Air Force released details on the fiscal year 2017 Aviation Bonus Program (AvB) June 5, 2017. This year’s program implements an increase in maximum bonus amounts authorized in the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act in addition to more flexibility in contract lengths.
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F-35A pilot, Lt. Col. Brad Klemesrud, prepares for takeoff during a Red Flag mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 2. Klemesrud and eight other Reserve pilots from the 419th Fighter Wing are participating in the Air Force’s premier air-to-air exercise to hone their skills and test the F-35A Lightning II’s capabilities in a variety of simulated combat scenarios. This marks the first year the F-35A has participated in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bryan Magaña) Reservists take on ‘enemy’ at F-35A Red Flag debut
Nine Air Force Reserve F-35A pilots and 16 maintainers from the 419th Fighter Wing are taking on the world’s greatest aggressor fleet during Red Flag 17-1. The reservists joined about 200 personnel and 13 F-35A Lightning IIs from the active duty 388th FW to debut the Air Force’s newest fighter jet at the premier air-to-air combat training exercise from Jan. 23 to Feb. 10.
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An F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off from Nellis AFB, Nev., Feb. 2, during Red Flag 17-01. This is the first F-35A deployment to Red Flag since the Air Force declared the jet combat ready in August 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) Red Flag proves ‘intense’ for F-35A pilots
Red Flag 17-1 is living up to its reputation as a grueling and rigorous test of fighter pilot skills, according to Hill Air Force Base F-35A pilots participating in the premier air-to-air combat exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., from Jan. 23 to Feb. 10. The three-week exercise has friendly "Blue Force" taking on enemy "Red Force" aggressors in both live and mock training environments to test air-to-air, air-to-ground, and space and cyber warfare during both day and nighttime missions.
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The 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 Lt. Col. Anthony C. Shine Fighter Pilot Award winners received engraved knives from Shine’s family during a ceremony at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Aug. 11, 2016. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Deale, Air Combat Command Headquarters director of operations, presented the winners the awards with the Shine family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R. Alex Durbin) Langley hosts Shine award ceremony
Pilots from across the U.S. Air Force gathered for the 2015 Lt. Col. Anthony C. Shine Fighter Pilot Award ceremony at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 11, 2016. The award is presented annually to recognize an exceptional U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who has proven excellence and professionalism in flight, as well as dedication to community service.
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U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Jost, 20th Fighter Wing commander, gives a brief to visiting civilian pilots during a General Aviation Fly-In event at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 29, 2016. The event was intended for civilian and military pilots, along with air traffic controllers, to learn from each other on subjects such as mid-air collision avoidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelsey Tucker) Requesting permission to land: fly-in invites civilian pilots to Shaw
More than 75 civilian aircraft touched down on the flightline here, on the morning of April 29.It was the first General Aviation Fly In event held at Shaw since 1977.“It’s an opportunity for civilian pilots to land on a U.S. military installation and get the opportunity to learn about how the 20th Fighter Wing and Shaw Air Force Base operate,” said
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