For most of us, not directly involved in such activities, military exercises are a great opportunity to look at the hardware the various branches can deploy in case of conflict. And few branches seem to take as much pride in their machines as the U.S. Air Force (USAF), who kept flooding us with images of aircraft in action for the duration of 2021.
As we stepped into the new year, the USAF compiled some of those pics into a sort of best of album, and the one we have here is part of that selection.
Taken by an Airman 1st Class back in March 2021, it shows one of America’s most potent and modern weapons, the mighty fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II, as it flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range. The plane is deployed with the 62nd Fighter Squadron based at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, a unit specifically tasked with conducting fighter training using the F-35.
The plane, pictured from an uncomfortably close distance by means of a Nikon camera that makes the jet look fat, is seen here taking part in one of the many Red Flag exercises held throughout 2021. Dating all the way back to 1975, when it started out as a means to train pilots for aerial combat, Red Flag is now much more complex, and it includes “war-fighting across air, space and cyberspace domains,” as per the USAF.