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An A-10C Thunderbolt II departs from a KC-135 Stratotanker in a stylish manoeuvre during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
A B-1B Lancer at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on August 17, 2016 prior to the first mission in history in which all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bomber aircraft (B-1B, B-2 and B-52H) conducted integrated operations in the US Pacific Command area of operations in support of the continuous bomber presence mission.
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing based at RAF Mildenhall, England, prepares to transfer fuel to B-2 88-0329 Spirit of Missouri from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, off the coast of Spain on June 13, 2017. At the time, two B-2s were deployed to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire to conduct theater bomber assurance and deterrence operations.
An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115) 'Silver Eagles' conducts an arrested landing during an Integrated Training Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing based at RAF Mildenhall, England, prepares to transfer fuel to B-2 88-0329 Spirit of Missouri from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, off the coast of Spain on June 13, 2017. At the time, two B-2s were deployed to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire to conduct theater bomber assurance and deterrence operations.
Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky’s forthcoming HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter.
An AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter takes off from the flight deck of amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) during flight operations to enhance interoperability between Navy ships and Marine aircraft as part of a Composite Training Unit Exercise.
America's silver bullet, the F-22 Raptor, this example from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
Lightning strikes behind a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Base, North Dakota.
A US Army MH-47G Chinook with the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Mississippi, during a multi-service training exercise called Southern Strike.
MV-22B Osprey BuNo 168348/ YR14 assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
An MQ-9 Reaper configured with the two sensor turrets of the Gorgon Stare II wide area airborne surveillance system at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
Air National Guardsmen watch an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle during Combat Hammer at Duke Field, Florida. Combat Hammer is Air Combat Command’s Weapon System Evaluation Program for air-to-ground weapons. The evaluation staged in February 2017 was the first air-to-ground weapons evaluation of the Air National Guard's MQ-9 Reaper mission set.
An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) 'Scorpions’ air refuelling with a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A tanker during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017.
Water plumes arch across an RC-12X Guardrail aircraft marking the pilot's final flight from Bagram airfield, Afghanistan.
Strike Fighter Squadron 213’s CAG-bird, F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 166663/AJ200, launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush (CVN 77).
F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 166969/SD123 assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) flies over USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) during ship integration testing.
Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (VFA-213) 'Black Lions' from the aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush (CVN 77).
An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) 'Scorpions’ air refuelling with a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A tanker during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017.
An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system, belonging to Company D, 10th Aviation Regiment, armed with two AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
Sailors assigned to USS Stethem (DDG 63) conduct in-flight refuelling operations with an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 (HSM-77) 'Saberhawks'.
All four system demonstration test article CH-53K King Stallions at Sikorsky Aircraft's facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.
F-35A test aircraft AF-01 loaded with four 2,000lb GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions on a September 27, 2016 loads-flutter test flight from Edwards Air Force Base, California. This was the first flight with externally loaded GBU-31s.
A U-2S Dragon Lady at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates following a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.