Monday, January 20, 2014

Exercise hones combat skills

F-22s inspected on flight line before exercise.
Air Force photo
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tyndall Air Force Base held a "war day" exercise late last week designed to increase the combat prowess of F-22 pilots of the 43rd and 95th Fighter Squadrons. The simulated air combat mission pulled together aircraft in an atmosphere the pilots might see on a real battlefield. The event featured Mitsubishi MU-2 aircraft, F-4 Phantoms, F-16 Fighting Falcons from Luke AFB, Ariz., T-38 Talons and F-22s. "The goal is to try to increase the knowledge of the base and give them an idea of what having a fighter squadron that could deploy means and what type of mission they will be training on," said Capt. Daniel Dickinson, 43rd F-22 Raptor instructor pilot and Bravo Flight commander. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 01/17/14)