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67th Fighter Squadron at Pitch Black 2022 part II

A 67th Fighter Squadron Exercise Pitch Black 2022 patch is displayed during PB22 Open Day at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia, Aug. 27, 2022. PB22 is the latest in long standing, multilateral exercises designed to enhance participating countries’ air operations. This year, 17 nations are participating in PB22, and is scheduled from Aug. 19 to Sept. 8, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)
Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron sit on the parking ramp in preparation for Pitch Black 2022 night missions at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Aug. 31, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Katie Mueller)
Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron sit on the parking ramp in preparation for Pitch Black 2022 night missions at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Aug. 31, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Katie Mueller)
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144th Fighter Wing “Alaska DACT 22”

 photos by Master Sgt. Charles Vaughn and Capt. Jason Sanchez

Airmen and F-15s assigned to the Calif. Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing are conducting dissimilar aircraft combat training with the 3rd Wing’s 90th and 525th Fighter squadrons at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and testing their ability to backfill for the alert air defence mission within the region.

The training at JBER focuses on fighter integration training between fourth-generation F-15 Eagles and fifth-generation F-22 Raptors and their ability to interoperate seamlessly. The training began April 11, 2022 and will conclude in approximately three weeks.

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493rd Fighter Squadron Heritage Jet

The new 493rd Fighter Squadron Heritage Jet. In honor of the legacy of Aerial Dominance . Boasting an undefeated 45 years in the European Theatre. “Trust us, you’re dead”

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Wingman at War

First account of the youngest Eagle Driver during Operation Desert Storm

I am a huge fan of first-hand authored flying stories and autobiographies. I have read nearly every and any USAF and USN book you can find about the Vietnam Air War, Gulf War, Allied Force, etc. from Ed Razimus, Jack Broughton, Willy Driscoll to Dan Hampton and was really looking forward to start reading Wingman at War, but this time it was different. I personally witnessed everything from an outside perspective during Operation Desert Storm as a 15-year-old kid at the time, following everything I could about the F-15 Eagles during the air campaign of Operation Desert Storm.  This incredible account took me right back to those amazing memories.

I couldn’t stop reading this incredible personal journal and read over 40% of the book in the first go. Simply put, it is the best air combat memoir I have ever read. It provides an incredible look into Combat Operations during Desert Storm through the eyes of a young fighter pilot. While reading Wingman at War I felt as if I was there, at Incirlik AB on the flightline watching Eagles launching and recovering. Boz’s thrilling portrayals of combat missions and life in a combat squadron kept me glued to the story.

The way it is written is extremely personal, virtually reliving the events Boz went through, and as much as possible for a civilian, experiencing the feelings he had in the moment. Through his book I discovered a lot of information and knowledge I never knew, even as a military aviation aficionado.

You can find it at Amazon click on this link Wingman at War

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123 FS, Weapons Instructor Course 2017

photos by  Tech. Sgt. John Hughel

In June 2017 the 123rd Fighter Squadron “Redhawks” deployed for three weeks to Nellis AFB in support of the Weapons Instructor Course 2017. The Redhawks, provided as the ‘Red Team’ aggressors, taking the fight to the ‘Blue Team.

An Oregon National Guard F-15 Eagle taxis on the flighline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., (left) as additional Eagles prepare for their afternoon missions (right) in support of the Weapons Instructor Course, May 31, 2017 (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs).
An F-15 Eagle assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, takes off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as part of the the Weapons Instructor Course (WIC), June 1, 2017. The Oregon Airmen are playing an the role of aggressors during their three-week WIC temporary duty assignment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs).
As the sun begins to set at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Nick Rutgers, assigned to the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing, prepares his F-15 Eagle for a late day sortie, June 8, 2017