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Nomads fire first missiles
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dylan Snead, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, inspects an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles after being loaded into an F-35A January 31, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and shot the first air-to-air missiles from an operational 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 aircraft's survivability, in turn increasing likeliness of mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)

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Photo by: Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson |  VIRIN: 170131-F-HX320-114.JPG