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Watching fighter aircraft zoom across the sky often conjures thoughts of strength, air superiority and sheer supremacy. For others, images of pilots, maintainers and the flightline provide that source of inspiration. What many may not realize is the importance of what happens behind-the-scenes and beneath those flying fighter jets.
0 11/28
2017
A 95th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., prepares to receive fuel from a forward area refueling point in conjunction with exercise Stealth Guardian at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Aug. 10, 2017. Stealth Guardian is designed to demonstrate the Air Force’s ability to quickly deploy F-22 assets at a moment’s notice while showcasing the ability to establish flying operations in a combat or contingency environment. Stealth Guardian: Forward Air Refueling Point increases Air Force capabilities
Airmen from the 325th Fighter Wing and the 23rd Wing were put to the test in a simulated deployed environment at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., as part of exercise Stealth Guardian, Aug. 10, 2017. During this segment of the exercise, two F-22 Raptors from Tyndall’s 95th Fighter Squadron were rearmed and refueled by way of a forward air refueling point from an HC-130J Combat King II.
0 8/16
2017
A special missions aviator from the 41st Rescue Squadron scans for threats during combat search and rescue training as part of Stealth Guardian, Aug. 10, 2017, in the Apalachicola National Forest, Fla. Stealth Guardian demonstrates rescue, 5th gen integration
Two wings, one mission: to execute a locally squadron-planned exercise between the 23d Wing and the 325th Fighter Wing during Exercise Stealth Guardian August 7-11, 2017. During months of planning between Tyndall and Moody Air Force base, Ga., Exercise Stealth Guardian was conceived and executed by Airmen from both wings to explore Air Force capabilities in modern rescue scenarios to integrate rescue and 5th generation assets in a deployed or contingency environment. Additionally, the exercise tested the capabilities of Rapid Raptor which is the Air Force’s ability to employ agile combat capabilities of 5th generation platforms like the F-22 to a combat or contingency environment as a moment’s notice.
0 8/14
2017
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dale Cooke, former U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot, is fitted with a flight suit, G-suit compression equipment and modern flight mask to go along with his Thunderbirds helmet at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., April 21, 2017. Cooke and aircraft #177, a T-38A Talon, from the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron have a long history together from their days as Thunderbirds in the 1980s. The pair accumulated over 800 flight hours at 200 performances nationwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz/ Released)  Flight of the Thunderbirds
The last time they met he was a young man, focused and lean, part of a precision team. After three decades they were once again reunited. Though he saw his former teammate as if it were only yesterday. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dale Cooke, a former U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds pilot from 1979 to 1982, walked into the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron to prepare for something that would go down in the history books.
0 4/25
2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cortney Osborn, 325th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, conducts a mask test on Tech. Sgt. Christopher Battle, 325th OSS AFE NCO in-charge, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 19, 2017. The shop supports the 325th Fighter Wing mission by conducting extensive inspections on mission critical lifesaving equipment, such as pilot helmets and oxygen masks, anti-gravity suits, advanced concept ejection seats and survival kits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released) Tyndall aircrew flight equipment shop named best in Air Combat Command
Keeping pilots safe during flight operations is the responsibility of a dedicated and efficient aircrew flight equipment shop, and being skilled enough to earn best in Air Combat Command is no small feat. Tyndall’s AFE shop earned the 2016 ACC Outstanding AFE Large Program of the Year Award and the 2016 ACC Outstanding AFE Officer of the Year Award.
0 1/24
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jared Carnahan, 44th Fighter Group crew chief, cleans the windshield of an F-22 Raptor on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 10, 2016. In addition to maintaining and repairing the F-22, crew chiefs at Tyndall also ensure the jet is in perfect condition before the pilot enters the jet. The 44th FG accomplishes total force integration by providing pilots, maintainers and support personnel in partnership with the 325th Fighter Wing to execute the Tyndall mission to train and project unrivaled combat air power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cody R. Miller/Released) Tyndall’s Total Force: 44th Maintenance Squadron keeps F-22 Raptors flying
Whether they’re on active or reserve orders, the Airmen of the 44th Maintenance Squadron keep Tyndall’s F-22 Raptors mission ready through the process of Total Force Integration. Through its combination of traditional reservists and active-reserve technicians, the 44th MXS is able to keep up with the high demands of keeping a 5th generation jet at top performance just as well as a full active-duty squadron.
0 10/12
2016
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