FRIDAY FOTO (June 22, 2012)

June 22, 2012 at 2:02 am 4 comments

In the Bubble

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jared Hand parks his F-16 Fighting Falcon after combat training during Red Flag-Alaska 12-2 on Eielson Air Force Base.

Hand is assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

Red Flag-Alaska is a joint tactical air combat employment exercise which corresponds to the operational capability of participating units. The entire exercise takes place in the Joint Pacific Range Complex over Alaska as well as a portion of Western Canadian for a total airspace of more than 67,000 square miles.

Participants and their aircraft in the invitation-only exercise come from Australia (E-7A Wedgetail), C-130H and C-130J); Germany  (Eurofighter Typhoon); Japan (F-15J Strike Eagle); Poland (C-130 Hercules); and South Korea.

In addition to the 77th Fighter Squadron, American participants included personnel and aircraft from Florida and Alaska.

To see more photos of Red Flag-Alaska click here and here.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stan R. Mitchell  |  June 23, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Incredible picture. One of the most unique angles I’ve ever seen on a jet photo.

    • 2. John M. Doyle  |  June 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

      I thought so, too, when I first saw it.

      But I must admit I was torn whether to run it or the pic of the four Japanese jets in the Defense Dept. slideshow. We usually see U.S. aircraft over Japan — not vice versa.

      • 3. Stan R. Mitchell  |  June 25, 2012 at 11:21 am

        I missed that photo. Do you have a link to it?

  • 4. John M. Doyle  |  June 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    It should have been included in the first CLICK HERE link in the last paragraph of the post.

    Apparently that link failed. It’s now been restored, so try clicking on it for some really interesting pix.

    Thanks for your query or we wouldn’t have caught the problem.


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