RF-A 16-3 Fam day takeoff

Fourteen U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fighter aircraft assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., wait along with U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler aircraft assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron 135, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. as Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the 409th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Canada, in front of the Thunder Dome Aug. 5, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, prior to a familiarization sortie for RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. RF-A exercises provide U.S. and allied pilots, aircrews and operational support personnel the opportunity to train and improve their air combat skills in preparation for a myriad of worldwide contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
VIRIN: 160805-F-FT438-1003.JPG
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