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  • Cleared hot: When predators and reapers engage

    Following the mission brief and pre-flight checks, an aircrew consisting of an officer pilot in command and a career enlisted aviator sensor operator observe a target in an area of responsibility overseas from a cockpit in the United States and waits for the green light from a joint terminal attack controller on the ground. Anticipation heightens as the JTAC confirms the target and gives the aircrew the clearance to attack. The aircrew then reviews checklists before engaging, adrenaline begins to seep in and the whirring from electronic components in the cockpit recedes from awareness. Their concentration sharpens and as the pilot squeezes the trigger, and a laser guided AGM-114 Hellfire missile is released. The sensor operator hones in on the objective at hand by keeping the laser designator crosshairs precisely over the target and guiding the missile. The countdown begins until impact...10, 9, 8…
  • USAFWS: Deliberate Strike Night

    The United States Air Force is well known as the pinnacle of air superiority. Guaranteeing this supremacy are the Airmen who wear the coveted patch of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. With only approximately 100 weapons officers and enlisted specialists graduating from the school every six months, these Airmen are truly topnotch in their fields.
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