Arctic Falcons

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron takes off from the flightline here for a training mission on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron takes off from the flightline here for a training mission on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 18th Fighter Squadron signals from his aircraft prior to taking off for a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 18th Fighter Squadron signals from his aircraft prior to taking off for a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron prepares to land after a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron prepares to land after a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 18th Fighter Squadron studies his flight plan prior to taking off for a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 18th Fighter Squadron studies his flight plan prior to taking off for a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron waits to taxi while two other F-16 aircraft take off in the background for training missions here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron waits to taxi while two other F-16 aircraft take off in the background for training missions here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 18th Fighter Squadron signals from his aircraft prior to taking off for a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 18th Fighter Squadron signals from his aircraft prior to taking off for a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron taxis on the flightline here prior to taking off for a training mission on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron taxis on the flightline here prior to taking off for a training mission on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron sit on the flightline here prior to taking off for a training mission on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron sit on the flightline here prior to taking off for a training mission on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron sit on the flightline here prior to taking off for a training mission on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron sit on the flightline here prior to taking off for a training mission on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron waits to taxi while another F-16 aircraft takes off in the background for a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)
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EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 18th Fighter Squadron waits to taxi while another F-16 aircraft takes off in the background for a training mission here on Feb.8. The 18th Fighter Squadron conducts air operations for combat-ready F-16 aircraft and provides close air support, forward air control (airborne), battlefield air interdiction, and offensive counter air. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)