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A duck that flies with eagles

By Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Throughout the years, many pilots have flown with mascots or various trinkets on their flights. Some may call it superstition, but special mementos and gifts from loved ones can serve as a mental boost of assurance, or a little piece of home for pilots abroad.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Munoz, former 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle pilot and now 335th Fighter Squadron chief of plans, taxis down the runway with Scoff the Duck after returning from his final flight at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 28, 2020. Many pilots have flown with special mementos and gifts from loved ones, which serve as a mental boost of assurance, or a little piece of home when they are away. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

One particular mascot named “Scoff the Duck” made a splash with the Liberty Wing and the local community. The plush toy gained notoriety through aviation enthusiasts over social media, and even had a patch designed and created in its honor.

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Agile Combat Employment: can’t stop, won’t stop

By Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Airmen from non-maintenance career fields practiced Agile Combat Employment concepts while helping generate sorties last week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Cameron Emerson, 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, assists with pre-flight maintenance at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 21, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing is dedicated to developing a force of multi-capable Airmen to drive the mission more effectively through the integration of Agile Combat Employment concepts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

During a limited manning training exercise, Airmen like Capt. Cameron Emerson, 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, assisted crew chiefs in launching and recovering 493rd FS aircraft. This is a duty typically performed by Airmen in the maintenance group.

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F-15E video

Testing some new capability of the website to upload and stream video’s. Here are the first test.

Aviation Nation at Nellis AFB in 2018. Video made by Airman 1st Class Christina Ensley and William Lewis, Nellis AFB/ PA

389th Fighter Squadron F-1E Strike Eagles out of Mountain Home Air Force Base fly over the base and in the surrounding area.

Video by Master Sgt. Natasha Stanner

4th Fighter Wing at Nellis AFB during Red Flag 19-2

Video by Airman 1st class Dylan Murakami
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144th Fighter Wing Flies High During Checkered Flag

By Tech. Sgt. Christian Jadot, 144th Fighter Wing

TYNDALL AFB, FL —

Florida is a lot of things to a lot of people. To some it is a vacation get away, a retirement location, to other’s it is a political battleground or maybe the home of unusual wild life. This year for the 144th Fighter Wing, it means Checkered Flag.

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, sit on the run way during downtime for Checkered Flag at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 9, 2020. Checkered Flag provides Dissimilar Air Combat Training for fourth and fifth-generation aircraft to optimize the skill set of all the Airmen involved. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Christian Jadot)
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First time: two brothers learn to fly the F-15C in the same 173rd FW class

By Master Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, 173rd Fighter Wing

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. —

Instructor pilots at the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, meet any number of students who have interesting stories of how they found their way to F-15C training at the sole schoolhouse for the aircraft in the U.S. Air Force. For the first time in any of their memories, stretching back more than 15 years, there is a new “first”.

Two brothers arrived to learn how to fly the F-15C at the same time, and in the same class.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jasper (left) and 1st Lt. David Arneberg are brothers who for the first time in 173rd Fighter Wing history are navigating the F-15C B-Course together, Nov. 12, 2020 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)