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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Brian Davis, 55th Fighter Squadron F-16CM Fighting Falcon pilot, left, and Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Henderson, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, “Shooters” assistant superintendent, stand next to each other in front of jet 830 for a photo prior to takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada, Oct. 10, 2017. Pilot takes familial flight path
On a windy desert flightline, history nearly repeats itself, and the son of an F-16 pilot receives a glimpse of his father’s past life.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert Owens, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Shooters Aircraft Maintenance Unit tactical aircraft maintainer, refers to his tablet prior to marshalling a 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 26, 2017. Pilots, maintainers and intelligence Airmen assigned to the 55th FS participate in Red Flag exercises at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to gain experience and maintain combat readiness for deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) Shooters stay ready at Red Flag
Tactical aircraft maintainers from around the globe marshal in various aircraft — from the F-35 Lightning II to the B-2 Spirit — onto a sunny flightline in the Mojave Desert. An F-16CM Fighting Falcon with a blue and white checkered tail flash displaying the number “55” has flown from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, to play a part in a massive military exercise. The pilot inside the aircraft has a busy few weeks ahead of him as a Red Flag participant.
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