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‘Trust in Thrust’

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team pilot and commander, performs a high-speed pass during the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto, Sept. 1, 2018. Olson has flown 61 combat missions over Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan employing 69 precision guided munitions against Islamic State targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)
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Warthogs over Normandy

A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the Michigan Air National Guard’s 107th Fighter Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard, fly over the beaches of Normandy, France, as part of the commemoration ceremonies for the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II. The 107th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron flew multiple missions over Normandy during the lead up to D-Day and during the invasion itself. The flight during the commemoration represents the first assigned mission for the 107th in France since World War II. The unit also served in France during World War I. The 107th is assigned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)
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Guardian Angel flight

An Army CH-47F Chinook, assigned to Task Force Brawler, releases flares while conducting a training exercise with a Guardian Angel team – consisting of combat rescue officers, Pararescuemen, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) specialists, and other support personnel – assigned to the U.S. Air Force 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron Afghanistan, March 26, 2018. (USAF photo)

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Throwing a Javelin

Soldiers of the 101st Airborne fire a Javelin Anti-Tank Missile system during a large-scale platoon live-fire exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., on July 29, 2016. (U.S. Army photo)
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Lightning ‘Hot Load’

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct the first ever hot load on the F-35B Lightning II in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-17 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 22, 2016. The exercise is part of WTI 1-17, a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg)
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Thunderbirds over Niagara Falls

USAF “Thunderbirds” flying over Niagara Falls in 2015. (USAF photo by SrA Jason Couillard)
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Star Wars Hornet

An F/A-18D Hornet from the VX-9 Vampire squadron at Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, flies out of the nicknamed Star Wars Canyon toward the Panamint range in Death Valley National Park, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2017.
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F-35 makes first transatlantic flight

The F-35B made its first transatlantic flight June 29, 2016. Three F-35’s flew from MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina and landed at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. They were assisted by two KC-10’s, and refueled 15 times over the Atlantic. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian Burdett/Released)
The F-35B made its first transatlantic flight June 29, 2016. Three F-35’s flew from MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina and landed at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. They were assisted by two KC-10’s, and refueled 15 times over the Atlantic. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian Burdett/Released)
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F-35 Aileron Roll

Lt. Col. Brent Reinhardt completes a 360-degree roll in F-35A AF-1 with a full weapon load during a test flight from Edwards AFB, California, on 10 January 2014. The photo is a composite of seventeen images taken during the 360-degree roll. (Photo by Matthew Short)
Lt. Col. Brent Reinhardt completes a 360-degree roll in F-35A AF-1 with a full weapon load during a test flight from Edwards AFB, California, on 10 January 2014. The photo is a composite of seventeen images taken during the 360-degree roll. (Photo by Matthew Short)

 

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Diamond formation

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE Neb.– The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, an F-18 demonstration team, perform breathtaking stunts in their famous diamond formation on Aug. 29, 2008. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger)
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE Neb.– The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, an F-18 demonstration team, perform breathtaking stunts in their famous diamond formation on Aug. 29, 2008. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger)

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