Defense

July 25, 2014

Raptors, Falcons fuel up in desert skies

A1C Thomas Spangler

raptors1
Three U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., fly alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash., during Red Flag 14-3, July 17, 2014, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat training exercises designed to increase combat readiness and effectiveness.

 
raptors2
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., moves into position for mid-air refueling over the Nevada Test and Training Range with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash., during Red Flag 14-3, July 17, 2014. Red Flag provides realistic combat training in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment. These stressors provide aircrews with real-time war scenarios and helps ground crews test and improve their operational readiness.

 
raptors3
Senior Airman Michael Weidman, a boom operator assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., maneuvers the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker into place to refuel aircraft participating in Red Flag 14-3, July 17, 2014, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. In addition to providing fuel for aircraft in mid-air, the KC-135 can carry up to 83,000 pounds of cargo.

 
raptors4
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., moves his aircraft into position for in-flight refueling mission during Red Flag 14-3, July 17, 2014, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. A typical Red Flag exercise involves a variety of attack, fighter and bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, air superiority, airlift support, search and rescue, aerial refueling and command and control aircraft.

 
raptors5
Three U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., fly alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash., after completing in-flight refueling during Red Flag 14-3, July 17, 2014, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Red Flag invites different units, airframes, branches and allied nations the chance to practice various air combat scenarios with one another. These different groups may have to work with one another in future real-world operations.

 

raptors6
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., flies alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash., during Red Flag 14-3, July 17, 2014, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. The F-22 is an air-superiority supersonic fighter aircraft capable of reaching speeds twice the speed of sound, and carries a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photograph

F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Courtesy photograph A pair of F-22 Raptors fly near the coastline of Panama City Beach, Fla. Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allie...
 
 
ILS photograph

Boeing-built satellite will create first global high-speed broadband network

ILS photograph The Inmarsat-5 F3 satellite launched Aug. 28 aboard a International Launch Services Proton Breeze M rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–When the third Boeing-built [NYSE: BA] Inmarsat-5 sat...
 
 

Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’

When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,”...
 

 

Hurricane Hunters to fly Tropical Storm Erika

The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters are operating out of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., flying their state-of-the-art WC-130J Super Hercules into Tropical Storm Erika in support of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew four missions into the tropical storm from their deployed location at St. Croix in the...
 
 

Pentagon probing alleged distorting of war intelligence

The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant group, a defense official said Aug. 26. The official was not authorized to discuss the probe publicly and so spoke on condition of anonymity. The investigation was...
 
 
LM-C130

U.S. Air Force receives additional MC-130J Commando II

MARIETTA, Ga., Aug. 27, 2015 – A crew from the U.S. Air Force Aug. 27 ferried a new MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command to Cannon Air Force Base, N.., from the Lockheed Martin facilit...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>