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F-35 maintenance battle tested
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Trimarco, 33d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-35A crew chief, retrieves gear from Maj. Bradley Zimmerman, 33d Operation Support Squadron assistant wing weapons officer, after landing 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)

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Photo by: Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson |  VIRIN: 161208-F-HX320-321.JPG