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T-38C Talon Instructor Pilot (front), Lt. Col Edward Stapanon III, and Combat Systems Officer (rear), Maj. Brion Nielsen, begin their take-off roll for a training mission April 18, 2018, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The aircraft recently completed the Pacer Classic III modification package and still shows its distinctive tiger stripes that will be removed when the aircraft receives its next scheduled complete paint job. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alex R. Lloyd) Pacer Classic III mods give T-38 new life
Located at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, the 575th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron T-38 Talon depot maintenance team has been providing current upgrade modifications known as Pacer Classic III since 2015 and have to date successfully completed them on 40 T-38 Talon aircraft.
0 6/18
2018
Joint Base San Antonio graphic. T-X to replace T-38 at pilot training bases
The Air Force announced Feb. 21, 2018, that the Advanced Pilot Trainer (T-X) will replace T-38C Talon aircraft at existing undergraduate pilot training bases, with Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph named as the preferred location for the first T-X aircraft scheduled to arrive in 2022.
0 2/21
2018
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Escher, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-101) operations officer, dawns his helmet prior to flying an Air Force F-35A Dec. 6, 2016, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. For only the second time at Eglin AFB, a Naval Aviator has been selected to dual qualify in the U.S. Navy’s F-35C and the Air Force’s F-35A. Escher plans to use what he learns from his experience with the 33 FW to help the F-35 enterprise grow. He looks to join a group of test pilots at Edwards AFB, California, where he will have the opportunity to be the Navy’s voice for the aircraft weapons and vehicle system development. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson) Grim Reaper finds his rage
For only the second time at Eglin Air Force Base, a Naval Aviator has been selected to dual qualify in the U.S. Navy’s F-35C and the Air Force’s F-35A.
0 2/13
2017
An F-35A assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing takes off January 31, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and shot the first air-to-air missiles from an F-35A during a weapons system evaluation that took place at Tyndall Air Force Base later the same day. Carrying air-to-air missiles makes the F-35 a more versatile option for combatant commanders by securing the aircrafts survivability, in turn increasing likeliness of mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson) Nomads fire first missiles
The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and shot the first air-to-air missiles from an operational F-35A during a weapons system evaluation at Tyndall Air Force Base, Jan. 31, 2017. Individual AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) were loaded into four separate aircraft.
0 2/01
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Weeks, 33d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-35A crew chief, exits an F-35A Lightning II intake after completing a post flight inspection during Checkered Flag 17-01, Dec. 8, 2016, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Checkered Flag facilitates integration between fifth and fourth-generation aircraft communities. These exercises are critical to hone the tactics techniques and procedures (TTP’s) for the aircraft’s inevitable deployment fighting alongside other combat assets. While the exercise is prime opportunity to learn about how we fly the aircraft, it presents the same learning opportunities for preventative and restorative maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson) F-35 maintenance battle tested
Checkered Flag facilitates integration between fifth and fourth-generation aircraft communities. These exercises are critical to hone the tactics techniques and procedures (TTP’s) for the aircraft’s inevitable deployment fighting alongside other combat assets. While the exercise is prime opportunity to learn about how we fly the aircraft, it presents the same learning opportunities for preventative and restorative maintenance.
0 12/19
2016
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