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August 16, 2013

Aggressors get back to business

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Staff Sgt. Chelsea Mays, 926th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, prepares to update maintenance records following pre-flight checks on a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Aug. 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Crew chiefs inspect aircraft thoroughly before and after every flight to ensure safety and optimum performance.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

Staff Sgt. John Torola, 926th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, Marshalls out an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron Aug. 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft that is highly maneuverable. An all-weather capability allows it to accurately deliver ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Staff Sgt. Chelsea Mays, 926th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, disconnects a fuel hose as part of pre-flight preparations for a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Aug. 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. It is the crew chief’s responsibility to ensure the aircraft is properly refueled before each training mission.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Staff Sgt. Terrance Harris, 57th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit before a training flight Aug. 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Before each flight, the crew chief prepares the cockpit and ensures the pilot is strapped in safely.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

Staff Sgt. Evan Ciemnoczolowski, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, latches a bar in place to hold up a panel on an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron Aug. 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Crew chiefs are responsible for inspecting aircraft and fixing any discrepancies noticed during pre or post flight inspections.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron takes off for a training flight Aug. 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aggressor pilots utilize adversary tactics and act as hostile forces during air-combat exercises.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Senior Airman Zachary Gant, 57th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects the intake of a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of a pre-flight inspection Aug. 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The crew chief must check the intake blades for any cracks or foreign object debris to ensure a safe flight.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Capt. Steven Wilhoit, 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, goes through a pre-flight checklist before a training flight Aug. 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aggressor pilots are trained in the use of adversary tactics to better prepare U.S. and allied pilots for possible air-to-air conflict.

 




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