Stunning US Air Force Photography
Stunning US Air Force Photography
Airmen maneuver through traffic lights while towing an F-15 Eagle down Watson Boulevard to Warner Robins City Hall, Warner Robins, Ga., on Sept. 6, 2014. The aircraft was loaned to the city by the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing to serve as a static display for a new veteran’s memorial. The airmen moving the aircraft are assigned to the 116th Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Regina Young)

Airmen maneuver through traffic lights while towing an F-15 Eagle down Watson Boulevard to Warner Robins City Hall, Warner Robins, Ga., on Sept. 6, 2014. The aircraft was loaned to the city by the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing to serve as a static display for a new veteran’s memorial. The airmen moving the aircraft are assigned to the 116th Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Regina Young)

C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, help U.S. Army and British paratroopers perform a static line jump at Holland Drop Zone in preparation for Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise 15-01 at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 11, 2015. This is the largest exercise of its kind held at Fort Bragg in nearly 20 years and demonstrates interoperability between U.S. Army and British army soldiers, U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and Royal Air Force airmen and U.S. Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sean Martin)

C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, help U.S. Army and British paratroopers perform a static line jump at Holland Drop Zone in preparation for Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise 15-01 at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 11, 2015. This is the largest exercise of its kind held at Fort Bragg in nearly 20 years and demonstrates interoperability between U.S. Army and British army soldiers, U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and Royal Air Force airmen and U.S. Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sean Martin)

Thunderbirds' crew chiefs perform end of runway checks before the start of the demonstration for the Wings Over Whiteman air show practice  at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., on June 12, 2015, (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Couillard/Released)

Thunderbirds' crew chiefs perform end of runway checks before the start of the demonstration for the Wings Over Whiteman air show practice at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., on June 12, 2015, (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Couillard/Released)

The Thunderbirds Delta formation flies by One World Trade Center during a photo chase mission in New York on May 22, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jason Couillard)

The Thunderbirds Delta formation flies by One World Trade Center during a photo chase mission in New York on May 22, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jason Couillard)

Maj. Curtis Doughtery, a slot pilot for the Thunderbirds, banks right over the Rocky Mountains after being refueled in flight by a KC-135 Stratotanker from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., on May 21, 2015. The KC-135 was one of two McConnell tankers providing cross-country air refueling support for the Thunderbirds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Zach Anderson)

Maj. Curtis Doughtery, a slot pilot for the Thunderbirds, banks right over the Rocky Mountains after being refueled in flight by a KC-135 Stratotanker from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., on May 21, 2015. The KC-135 was one of two McConnell tankers providing cross-country air refueling support for the Thunderbirds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Zach Anderson)

Staff Sgt. Arin Vickers, assigned to the 435 Supply Chain Operations Squadron, is greeted by her dog when she arrives at the St. Louis Airport USO, on May 6, 2015. Vickers was gone for six months, and her friends and family were there to greet her and surprise her by bringing along Baxter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erica Crossen/Released)

Staff Sgt. Arin Vickers, assigned to the 435 Supply Chain Operations Squadron, is greeted by her dog when she arrives at the St. Louis Airport USO, on May 6, 2015. Vickers was gone for six months, and her friends and family were there to greet her and surprise her by bringing along Baxter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erica Crossen/Released)

Pararescue jumpers and combat rescue officers conduct a search and rescue response exercise during a Katrina-like flood in Perry, Ga., on March 8, 2015. The four-day exercise used HH-60 Pave Hawks and MV-22 Ospreys for simulated scenarios that included earthquake-collapsed buildings, vehicle-borne improved explosive devices detonating and mass casualty response. The pararescue jumpers and rescue officers are assigned to the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly Goonan/Released)

Pararescue jumpers and combat rescue officers conduct a search and rescue response exercise during a Katrina-like flood in Perry, Ga., on March 8, 2015. The four-day exercise used HH-60 Pave Hawks and MV-22 Ospreys for simulated scenarios that included earthquake-collapsed buildings, vehicle-borne improved explosive devices detonating and mass casualty response. The pararescue jumpers and rescue officers are assigned to the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly Goonan/Released)

Staff Sgt. Michael Misiewicz, a C-5M Super Galaxy crew chief, visually inspects wheel-speed transducer wiring inside a main landing gear axle of a C-5M during a tire change and brake replacement at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on April 29, 2015. The visual inspection is required to ensure the wiring has freedom of movement and is not caught, crimped or broken. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis/Released)

Staff Sgt. Michael Misiewicz, a C-5M Super Galaxy crew chief, visually inspects wheel-speed transducer wiring inside a main landing gear axle of a C-5M during a tire change and brake replacement at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on April 29, 2015. The visual inspection is required to ensure the wiring has freedom of movement and is not caught, crimped or broken. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis/Released)

The Thunderbirds Thunder Diamond formation performs the Diamond Bottom Up Pass maneuver during a practice show at Lakeland, Fla., on April 24, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez/Released)

The Thunderbirds Thunder Diamond formation performs the Diamond Bottom Up Pass maneuver during a practice show at Lakeland, Fla., on April 24, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez/Released)

A pararescueman assigned to Royal Air Force Lakenheath's 57th Rescue Squadron prepares to be hoisted into an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during exercise Joint Warrior 15-1 in Scotland on April 22, 2015. Three 56th RQS Pave Hawks participated in the multinational training where they practiced air-to-air combat maneuvers over both land and sea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin O'Shea/Released)

A pararescueman assigned to Royal Air Force Lakenheath's 57th Rescue Squadron prepares to be hoisted into an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during exercise Joint Warrior 15-1 in Scotland on April 22, 2015. Three 56th RQS Pave Hawks participated in the multinational training where they practiced air-to-air combat maneuvers over both land and sea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin O'Shea/Released)

Combat controllers from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron fast-rope from a CV-22 Osprey during Emerald Warrior near Hurlburt Field, Fla., on April 21, 2015. Emerald Warrior is the Department of Defense's only irregular warfare exercise, allowing joint and combined partners to train together and prepare for real-world contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder/Released)

Combat controllers from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron fast-rope from a CV-22 Osprey during Emerald Warrior near Hurlburt Field, Fla., on April 21, 2015. Emerald Warrior is the Department of Defense's only irregular warfare exercise, allowing joint and combined partners to train together and prepare for real-world contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder/Released)

Airman 1st Class Luke Locken fits Jeremiah Seaberry with flight gear during a 4th Fighter Wing Pilot for a Day event at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., on April 3, 2015. PFAD organizers chose the call sign ÒSwooshÓ for Seaberry as an allusion to his admiration for his favorite basketball player, Lebron James. Loken is a 4th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Luke Locken fits Jeremiah Seaberry with flight gear during a 4th Fighter Wing Pilot for a Day event at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., on April 3, 2015. PFAD organizers chose the call sign ÒSwooshÓ for Seaberry as an allusion to his admiration for his favorite basketball player, Lebron James. Loken is a 4th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ashley J. Thum)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing sits on the flightline at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on March 25, 2015. The 354th FW mission is to prepare aviation forces for combat, deploy airmen in support of global operations and enable the staging of forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing sits on the flightline at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on March 25, 2015. The 354th FW mission is to prepare aviation forces for combat, deploy airmen in support of global operations and enable the staging of forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, fly over Europe on March 20, 2015. The aircraft were participating in a flying training deployment with the Estonian air force and also participating in additional, unrelated training with the Finnish and Swedish air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christine Griffiths)

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, fly over Europe on March 20, 2015. The aircraft were participating in a flying training deployment with the Estonian air force and also participating in additional, unrelated training with the Finnish and Swedish air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christine Griffiths)

A U-2 from Beale Air Force Base, Calif., prepares to land at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, on June 9, 2015. U-2 pilots have a small margin of space to effectively land the plane without causing damage to the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton)

A U-2 from Beale Air Force Base, Calif., prepares to land at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, on June 9, 2015. U-2 pilots have a small margin of space to effectively land the plane without causing damage to the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton)

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Cotterall is decontaminated following attempts to identify multiple biological contaminants in a simulated lab during a Global Dragon training event at Guardian Centers of Georgia, Ga., on March 18, 2015. Global Dragon provided a refresher course for Airmen, allowing them to put their skills to use to identify live chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents and materials. Cotterall is an emergency manager with the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Cotterall is decontaminated following attempts to identify multiple biological contaminants in a simulated lab during a Global Dragon training event at Guardian Centers of Georgia, Ga., on March 18, 2015. Global Dragon provided a refresher course for Airmen, allowing them to put their skills to use to identify live chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents and materials. Cotterall is an emergency manager with the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy/Released)

Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band interact with the crowd during the Fasching parade in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany, on Feb. 17, 2015. The USAFE Band and about 1,400 other participants marched in the parade for more than two hours entertaining the crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore/Released)

Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band interact with the crowd during the Fasching parade in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany, on Feb. 17, 2015. The USAFE Band and about 1,400 other participants marched in the parade for more than two hours entertaining the crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore/Released)

Two Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) F-7BG Defenders, a BAF C-130B Hercules, and two U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft prepare to take off from BAF Base Bangabandhu, Bangladesh, during exercise Cope South on Jan. 28, 2015. Cope South is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, bilateral tactical airlift exercise conducted in Bangladesh, with a focus on cooperative flight operations, day and night low-level navigation, tactical airdrop, and air-land missions as well as subject matter expert exchanges in the fields of operations, maintenance and rigging disciplines. The C-130H is assigned to the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (Courtesy photo by Bangladesh Air Force/Released)

Two Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) F-7BG Defenders, a BAF C-130B Hercules, and two U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft prepare to take off from BAF Base Bangabandhu, Bangladesh, during exercise Cope South on Jan. 28, 2015. Cope South is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, bilateral tactical airlift exercise conducted in Bangladesh, with a focus on cooperative flight operations, day and night low-level navigation, tactical airdrop, and air-land missions as well as subject matter expert exchanges in the fields of operations, maintenance and rigging disciplines. The C-130H is assigned to the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (Courtesy photo by Bangladesh Air Force/Released)

Members of the 354th Fighter Wing inspection team walk toward first responders during a major accident response exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on Jan. 26, 2015. The MARE tested first responders’ skills in a controlled environment to give Icemen confidence in handling an event during a real-world situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Turner/Released)

Members of the 354th Fighter Wing inspection team walk toward first responders during a major accident response exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on Jan. 26, 2015. The MARE tested first responders’ skills in a controlled environment to give Icemen confidence in handling an event during a real-world situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Turner/Released)

Staff Sgt. Ryan Oliver inspects the rotor on a UH-1N Iroquois on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., on Jan. 27, 2015. Oliver completes a preflight inspection prior to each flight to ensure there are no mechanical faults in the aircraft. Oliver is a 40th Helicopter Squadron special missions aviator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston)

Staff Sgt. Ryan Oliver inspects the rotor on a UH-1N Iroquois on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., on Jan. 27, 2015. Oliver completes a preflight inspection prior to each flight to ensure there are no mechanical faults in the aircraft. Oliver is a 40th Helicopter Squadron special missions aviator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston)

Senior Airman Kendrick Woodson fires an M240B during the heavy weapons qualification firing at Duke Field, Fla., on Jan 10, 2015. Woodson is from the 919th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jasmin Taylor/Released)

Senior Airman Kendrick Woodson fires an M240B during the heavy weapons qualification firing at Duke Field, Fla., on Jan 10, 2015. Woodson is from the 919th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jasmin Taylor/Released)

Special tactics Airmen from the 24th Special Operations Wing jump out of an MC-130H Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., on Jan. 7, 2015. The airmen were from various special tactics career fields, including special operations weathermen, combat controllers, pararescuemen and tactical air control parties. The 24th SOW’s mission is to provide Special Tactics forces for rapid global employment to enable air power success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Callaway/Released)

Special tactics Airmen from the 24th Special Operations Wing jump out of an MC-130H Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., on Jan. 7, 2015. The airmen were from various special tactics career fields, including special operations weathermen, combat controllers, pararescuemen and tactical air control parties. The 24th SOW’s mission is to provide Special Tactics forces for rapid global employment to enable air power success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Callaway/Released)

Firefighters fight a controlled fire at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Oct. 9, 2014. The live fire demonstration, hosted by the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, allowed friends and family members to be educated and entertained as part of fire prevention week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo)

Firefighters fight a controlled fire at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Oct. 9, 2014. The live fire demonstration, hosted by the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, allowed friends and family members to be educated and entertained as part of fire prevention week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo)

A HH-60 Pavehawk with the 101st Rescue Squadron conducts training around Westhampton Beach, N.Y., on Nov. 25 2014. During this time the aircrew tested the aircraft's defensive systems and conducted the simulated rescue of a downed airman. (New York Air National Guard/Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy)

A HH-60 Pavehawk with the 101st Rescue Squadron conducts training around Westhampton Beach, N.Y., on Nov. 25 2014. During this time the aircrew tested the aircraft's defensive systems and conducted the simulated rescue of a downed airman. (New York Air National Guard/Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy)

A UH-60 Black Hawk sets down during a capstone training event at Sailor Creek Range Complex, Idaho, on Nov. 6, 2014. Members of the 366th Fighter Wing train alongside U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corp affiliates to execute realistic operation scenarios, which will allow them to operate in a tactical environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch)

A UH-60 Black Hawk sets down during a capstone training event at Sailor Creek Range Complex, Idaho, on Nov. 6, 2014. Members of the 366th Fighter Wing train alongside U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corp affiliates to execute realistic operation scenarios, which will allow them to operate in a tactical environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch)

The supermoon rises over the flightline at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 8, 2014. Supermoons are full moons that coincide with lunar perigee, when the moon's orbit brings it closest to Earth. (U.S. Air Force photo/Heide Couch)

The supermoon rises over the flightline at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 8, 2014. Supermoons are full moons that coincide with lunar perigee, when the moon's orbit brings it closest to Earth. (U.S. Air Force photo/Heide Couch)

An F-22 Raptor performs aerial maneuvers in support of the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on July 25, 2014. Arctic Thunder, a biennial event, features more than 40 Air Force, Army and civilian aerial acts and hosts a crowd of more than 200,000 people. It is the largest two-day event in the state and one of the premier aerial demonstrations in the world. The Raptor is assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Operations Group, 3rd Wing at Elmendorf. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joseph Araiza)

An F-22 Raptor performs aerial maneuvers in support of the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on July 25, 2014. Arctic Thunder, a biennial event, features more than 40 Air Force, Army and civilian aerial acts and hosts a crowd of more than 200,000 people. It is the largest two-day event in the state and one of the premier aerial demonstrations in the world. The Raptor is assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Operations Group, 3rd Wing at Elmendorf. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joseph Araiza)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs at Mount Rushmore on June 26, 2014. The drill team recently completed a 9-day, 7-city, 10-performance tour across the Midwest with the U.S. Air Force Band’s rock ensemble Max Impact. During the tour, the two groups performed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. (U.S. Air Force Photo/1st Lt. Nathan Wallin)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs at Mount Rushmore on June 26, 2014. The drill team recently completed a 9-day, 7-city, 10-performance tour across the Midwest with the U.S. Air Force Band’s rock ensemble Max Impact. During the tour, the two groups performed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. (U.S. Air Force Photo/1st Lt. Nathan Wallin)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly the Delta formation over Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony on May 28, 2014. The flyover marks the first return of the Thunderbirds to Colorado Springs since sequestration last year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly the Delta formation over Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony on May 28, 2014. The flyover marks the first return of the Thunderbirds to Colorado Springs since sequestration last year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)

A Delta IV rocket successfully launches the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Feb. 20, 2014. (United Launch Alliance photo/Ben Cooper)

A Delta IV rocket successfully launches the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Feb. 20, 2014. (United Launch Alliance photo/Ben Cooper)

A 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules flies over South Korea during Exercise Max Thunder on Nov. 19, 2014. The 36 AS represented Team Yokota during the exercise and used the opportunity to practiced combat maneuvers and low-altitude flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released)

A 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules flies over South Korea during Exercise Max Thunder on Nov. 19, 2014. The 36 AS represented Team Yokota during the exercise and used the opportunity to practiced combat maneuvers and low-altitude flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released)

The sun rises above KC-135R Stratotankers on the New Jersey Air National Guard flightline at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on Sept. 26, 2014. The KC-135Rs belong to the 108th Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

The sun rises above KC-135R Stratotankers on the New Jersey Air National Guard flightline at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on Sept. 26, 2014. The KC-135Rs belong to the 108th Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

An F-15C Eagle takes off in front of B-52 Stratofortesses during Valiant Shield 2014, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on Sept. 16, 2014. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise, integrating Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps assets, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton)

An F-15C Eagle takes off in front of B-52 Stratofortesses during Valiant Shield 2014, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on Sept. 16, 2014. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise, integrating Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps assets, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton)

Senior Airman Kadeem Trammell, 560th RED HORSE Squadron horizontal construction worker, cuts through asphalt using a K-12 saw during a re-pavement job at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 10, 2014. RED HORSE airmen work with 628th Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen throughout the year to assist with jobs around the base as well as to complete upgrade training for deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

Senior Airman Kadeem Trammell, 560th RED HORSE Squadron horizontal construction worker, cuts through asphalt using a K-12 saw during a re-pavement job at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 10, 2014. RED HORSE airmen work with 628th Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen throughout the year to assist with jobs around the base as well as to complete upgrade training for deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

A C-130 Hercules performs aerial spraying of mosquitos over Joint Base Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 6, 2014. The insecticide the unit uses is mixed with water to dilute the product. The C-130 and Air Force Reserve aircrew are assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

A C-130 Hercules performs aerial spraying of mosquitos over Joint Base Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 6, 2014. The insecticide the unit uses is mixed with water to dilute the product. The C-130 and Air Force Reserve aircrew are assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

A B-2 Spirit flies into position during a refueling mission over the North Atlantic Ocean on June 11, 2014. The B-2 is conducting training flights and regional familiarization in the U.S. European Command area of operations. The B-2 is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Paul Villanueva II)

A B-2 Spirit flies into position during a refueling mission over the North Atlantic Ocean on June 11, 2014. The B-2 is conducting training flights and regional familiarization in the U.S. European Command area of operations. The B-2 is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Paul Villanueva II)

An airman climbs a rope ladder into an MH-47 Chinook helicopter during helocast alternate insertion and extraction training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on July 14, 2014. Airman with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron’s Red Team teamed up with soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment for the training. The daytime training allowed five airmen to climb a rope ladder and three airmen to be hoisted back into the MH-47. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt.Russ Jackson)

An airman climbs a rope ladder into an MH-47 Chinook helicopter during helocast alternate insertion and extraction training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on July 14, 2014. Airman with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron’s Red Team teamed up with soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment for the training. The daytime training allowed five airmen to climb a rope ladder and three airmen to be hoisted back into the MH-47. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt.Russ Jackson)

Senior Airman Ricky Jones screams as he leaps over a mud pit in an effort to avoid being submerged in muddy water during the 19th annual Military Appreciation Picnic and Arctic Warrior Olympics on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on June 27, 2014. Jones’s team lost the tug-of-war battle to U.S. Army Alaska's 109th Transportation Company. Jones is assigned to the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron, and is a native of Thomson, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Connaher)

Senior Airman Ricky Jones screams as he leaps over a mud pit in an effort to avoid being submerged in muddy water during the 19th annual Military Appreciation Picnic and Arctic Warrior Olympics on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on June 27, 2014. Jones’s team lost the tug-of-war battle to U.S. Army Alaska's 109th Transportation Company. Jones is assigned to the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron, and is a native of Thomson, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Connaher)

An Air Force Reserve aircrew flying a C-130 Hercules assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, performs aerial spraying over Joint Base Charleston, S.C., on June 25, 2014. The C-130 Hercules and crew sprayed for mosquitos on Joint Base Charleston and is the only unit of its kind in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

An Air Force Reserve aircrew flying a C-130 Hercules assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, performs aerial spraying over Joint Base Charleston, S.C., on June 25, 2014. The C-130 Hercules and crew sprayed for mosquitos on Joint Base Charleston and is the only unit of its kind in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

The U.S. Air Force—if you’re into some cool gear, they definitely use some of the best. And like the other branches of the U.S. military, the Air Force employs a number of photographers to bring us, with due promotional sentiment in mind, some captivating moments from the life of the airmen.

The United States Air Force is the largest and perhaps the best equipped air force in the world. It employs over 650,000 people, including more than 300,000 active personnel and close to 200,000 civilians. The rest are reservists and the Air National Guard.

Its pilots have over 5,000 planes to choose from. More than 1,800 are bombers and fighter jets with about half of those being the F-16 Fighting Falcon jets. The list also includes almost 400 “air superiority fighters,” most notably the much-touted F-22A Raptor—a stealth fighter jet able to zip through the sky at speeds of 1.7 times the speed of sound. It is also the first U.S. aircraft to achieve “super-maneuverability,” an ability to perform seemingly impossible maneuvers only demonstrated by some Russian aircraft (like the MiG-29) before.

Interestingly, one would find no attack helicopters in the Air Force as they all belong to Army inventory. In fact, the Army has almost the same number of aircraft as the Air Force (almost 5,000). Yet most of them are choppers and the Army also has exactly zero fighter jets.

While the U.S. military has equipped airplanes since the early 20th century, the Air Force was officially established only after World War II, specifically on Sept. 18, 1947. That makes it the youngest branch of the military, though it will soon celebrate its 68th birthday.

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