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A Beechcraft AT-6 experimental aircraft flies over White Sands Missile Range, N.M. July 31, 2017. The AT-6 is participating in the U.S. Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X), a series of trials to determine the feasibility of using light aircraft in attack roles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan D. Wagner) Second phase of Light Attack Experiment underway
Flying began today for the Air Force’s second phase of the Light Attack Experiment at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Thunderbirds aircraft mishap
A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range April 4, 2018, at approximately 10:30 a.m. during a routine aerial demonstration training flight. The identity of the pilot is being withheld for 24-hours pending next of kin notification. An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.
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2018
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Cheryl Buehn, 71st Fighter Training Squadron T-38A Talon nstructor pilot, poses in front of T-38A Talons at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, March 27, 2018. Fighter pilot takes inspiration to new heights
“I hear at times in my uniform out and about in daily life, ‘do they let women fly?’” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Cheryl Buehn, the only female instructor pilot in the 71st Fighter Training Squadron. “I don’t think they realize they’re asking a female fighter pilot. So I take a breath and I say, ‘absolutely. They let women fly fighters, tankers, RPAs, everything. Both men and women fly a lot of different platforms, and everyone is important to the fight right now.’”
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Maj. Matt Paetzhold, 76th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II instructor pilot, performs preflight checks in an A-10C Thunderbolt II, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. After graduating the Weapons Instructor Course, Paetzhold joined the Airmen who serve as tactical and operational advisors to military leaders at all levels. Due to the relationship between the 75th FS and 76th FS, Paetzhold is slated to deploy as the 75th FSs weapons officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider) Pilot exemplifies Total Force Integration
As part of a Total Force Integration initiative, an Air Force Reserve Citizen Airman attended attended the Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) to deploy with his former active-duty squadron. Captivated by the close-air support and combat-search and rescue missions of the A-10C Thunderbolt II, U.S. Air Force Reserve Maj. Matt Paetzhold, 76th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II instructor pilot, joined the ranks of those responsible for effectively integrating multiple weapons systems across the land, air, space and cyber domains.
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2017
F-16CM Fighting Falcons are multi-role fighter aircraft used by 20th Fighter Wing pilots assigned at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Wild Weasels train for next fight
As Air Force pilots navigate hostile skies at break-neck speeds overseas, they must rely on their past experiences and home station training to fight opposing forces and survive.
0 11/20
2017
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Champ, 71st Fighter Training Squadron T-38 Talon pilot, boards an aircraft before flight at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 14, 2017. From aggressor to unmatched 5th gen aerial breacher
Air-to-air combat is fast paced and requires the right aircraft and a well-trained pilot. The pilot needs to have a fast reaction speed and the know-how to make the right decisions at the right time, which is why the some 71st Fighter Training Squadron T-38 pilots are selected to fly the very aircraft they oppose in their training mission, the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor.
0 11/01
2017
Capt. Joe, right, assists boom operator Tech. Sgt. Fritz in trouble shooting an issue in a KC-10 Extender boom pod in the air over Syria, Sept. 13, 2017. U.S. Air Force pilots: Masters of the sky
Pilots deployed with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing come from different walks of life, fly a variety of aircraft, and play different roles within the Air Force’s five core missions supported here. However, they all serve a common purpose.
0 9/26
2017
Default Air Force Logo AF to implement Second Assignment In-Place Pilot Program
The Air Force will allow limited fighter aircrew to extend their time at certain assignments in an effort to improve quality of life, quality of service and help retain experienced aviators for longer than 20 years.
0 9/07
2017
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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2017
Members of the 867th Attack Squadron stand at attention for a group photo on Dec. 15, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Return of the legacy: 867th ATKS turns 100
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The 867th Attack Squadron reflected on a remarkable heritage as it celebrated its 100th anniversary of its activation, Aug. 25, 2017, as the 92d Aero Squadron.
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