What you’re looking at are some of the most modern fighter planes in the world. Closest to us is the mighty F-35A Lightning II, the Mach 1.6-capable machine presently described by its maker, Lockheed Martin, as the most advanced fighter jet in the world.
Accompanying it in the background are two F-16 Fighting Falcons, two fine examples of one of the oldest and most widespread military aircraft in service.
All three airplanes are deployed with the Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, and are seen here as they fly over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex in late July.
They were taking part in an air refueling operation that also involved an Alaska Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker, not seen in this photo, and were captured from another aircraft by one of the U.S. Air Force’s staff sergeants.
In fact, it’s these aerial refueling ops that have created some of the most exciting images of military airplanes flying, as it seems Air Force personnel is always trigger-happy, at least as far as cameras are concerned, the shoot the perfect image - you can get a taste of what that means in the Photo of the Day section of our website.