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One step closer to combat …

Posted November 6, 2015 by Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo The F-35A Lightning II completed the first three airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system during a California test flight Oct. 30. This milestone was the first in a series of test flights to functionally evaluate the in-flight operation of the F-35A’s internal 25mm gun throughout its…

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Red Alert courtesy of 57th Wing

Posted January 21, 2016 by Photos by Airman Pedro Mota

Lt. Col. Zach Manning, 64th Aggressor Squadron director of operations, checks the electronic countermeasure pod. The ECM pod is used to replicate advisory tactics. Photos by Airman Pedro Mota Staff Sgt. Zachary Jones preps the 64th Aggressor Squadron flagship Jan. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Both the crew chief and pilot conduct prelaunch checks…

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F-16 Fighting Falcon: Tried and True Blue

Posted April 1, 2016 by adriennek

Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can…

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Exchange offers ‘Frisco’ sweepstakes

Posted December 4, 2015 by Courtesy of Army Air Force Exchange Service

This holiday season, Exchange shoppers have the chance to win a gift they’ll never forget – an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco, California. Through Dec. 24, shoppers can enter to win airline tickets, two nights in a local hotel, a meal allowance and spending money for their trip as part of the…

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3-time Super Bowl champ, AF pilot reflects on America’s game

Posted February 11, 2016 by adriennek

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Super Bowl 50 was just a few days ago, and it’s hard not to wonder how one of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s best all-time players fits into that history. Chad Hennings won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys during the 1990s, and his first appearance was within…

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AF introduces Air Superiority 2030 study

Posted April 21, 2016 by by Secretary of the Air Force

WASHINGTON — The Air Force introduced the results of a yearlong study focused on developing capability options to ensure joint force air superiority in 2030 and beyond during an Air Force Association breakfast April 7 in Arlington, Virginia. According to Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and…

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AMUs compete to see who’s best

Posted October 16, 2015 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Contreras, Airman 1st Class Michael Roberts and Staff Sgt. Mitchell Shellenberger, 310th AMU load crew members, race to mount a missile on an F-16 during the competition. Airman 1st Class Joshua Lomax and O’Brien, 309th AMU load crew members, race to mount a missile on an F-16. The 309th AMU faced off…

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Year in Photos – November 2015

Posted January 7, 2016 by

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Airmen experience welding and other metallurgy practices during an immersion exercise Nov. 13 in the 56th Maintenance Group. The 56th Force Support Squadron plans and organizes each immersion program which rotates among the wing groups and allows Airmen to learn about and experience jobs performed outside their career fields. The…

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500th sortie

Posted March 10, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Maj. Nicholas Rallo, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, shuts down the engines of his aircraft after completing the squadron’s 500th sortie in an F-35 March 2 at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd FS is the second fighter squadron to host the F-35 at Luke. To date, the 56th…

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ALS takes a field trip …

Posted November 6, 2015 by Photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Senior Airman Devante Williams Staff Sgt. Brandon Rowe, left, 56th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment training NCO in charge, shows members of Airman Leadership School Class 15-7 the inside of an F-16 Fighting Flacon cockpit training module Oct. 28 during a tour of the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd…

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