Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tyndall hosts exercise

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – More than 50 aircraft from six installations are at Tyndall for concurrent large-scale air integration exercises Checkered Flag and Combat Archer. The Air Combat Command live-fire training runs Dec. 5-16 and includes F-35A, F-22, F-15E, F-16, HH-60G and E-3 aircraft. Assets have traveled from as far away as Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Also involved are aircraft from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Moody Air Force Base, Ga., nearby Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Florida Air National Guard and Louisiana ANG. Combat Archer evaluates weapons systems specifically in air-to-air exercise and regularly deploys more than 300 air-to-air missiles in evaluating over 200 fighter aircraft per year. (Sources: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 12/02/16, Air Force magazine, 12/08/16)