All night bright-maintenance pushes ops 185 percent

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Theodore Lau, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace proposition technician, sits in the cockpit for a test run of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft while working the swing shift June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A 16-2, the largest exercise of it’s kind in six years, simulates the first 10 combat sorties during the initial stages of war or a surge operation, which pushes pilots to fly jets built in the 80s to their limits, creating a 185 percent usage compared to normal flying operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
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