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  • Lafayette Escadrille honored at centennial event

    U.S. and French military and civic leaders attended the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial event in Marnes-la-Couquette, France, today, to commemorate the centennial of the flying squadron's formation.The Lafayette Escadrille was formed on April 20, 1916, by 38 U.S. volunteer pilots who flew under French command a year before the U.S. entered into World
  • F-22s deploy to RAF Lakenheath

    The U.S. Air Force has deployed F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 11, to conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft.
  • Air Force approves RPA initiatives

    The Air Force recently approved two initiatives for the remotely piloted aircraft career field. First, eight RPA reconnaissance squadrons will be redesignated as attack squadrons. Second, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III authorized RPA aircrews to log combat time when flying an aircraft within designated hostile airspace, regardless of the aircrew's physical location.
  • 74th EFS returns home to loved ones

    Approximately 350 Airmen and 12 A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron returned from a six-month theater security package deployment throughout Eastern Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, March 31, 2016, here.“We came together to do one mission: to deter aggression at the eastern border and to
  • Weasel Victory 16-08 tests Airmen on combat capabilities

    The 20th Fighter Wing held operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 16-08 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 21-23.OREs, held several times annually, serve to help Airmen learn the functions of operating in a deployed environment while the 20th Fighter Wing demonstrates its ability to employ forces under simulated combat conditions, sustain
  • Raptor appears at MacDill AirFest

    The F-22 Raptor is one of the most awe inspiring machines the Air Force employs, but most Americans never get a chance to see one up close and in person. Attendees of the MacDill airshow got that chance.Tyndall’s 95th Fighter Squadron sent an F-22 and a few of its pilots to the Tampa Bay AirFest 2016, March 19 and 20, at MacDill AFB. During the
  • Viper Demo Team soars into 2016 season

    A Heritage Flight formation flies over show center during the 2016 Heritage Flight Training Course demonstration at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 5, 2016. The Heritage Flight Training Course allows pilots assigned to the three Air Combat Command demonstration teams to practice their demonstrations with the Heritage Flight pilots,
  • Gunfighters conduct 24-hour ops

    A crewchief waits to marshal an aircraft at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 15, 2016. The 366th Operations Group and 366th Maintenance Group conducted 24-hour operations during a 72-hour sortie surge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans/RELEASED)
  • Piecing the puzzle together, RPAs provide crucial CAP capabilities: Flying the mission

    The aircraft is ready to fly, the ground control stations (GCS) are up and running, and the crews have been briefed. Now it’s time to fly the remotely piloted aircraft. The pilot, sensor operator, and mission intelligence coordinator (MIC) step into the GCS to prepare for flight, but they’re not alone; they are joined by other Airmen, each in their respective locations.
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