The base has also become more recently home to the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron, and these guys use for their dealings one of the most famous trainers out there, the aging T-38 Talon.
It’s a formation of four of these machines we’re bringing under the spotlight this Sunday as part of our Photo of the Day coverage, thanks to a pic snapped by an airman back in August, but only recently made public by the USAF.
The image shows no less than four Talons flying formation over a portion of the Florida Panhandle, looking simply incredible with the blue-green waters and stretches of inhabited land as a background.
Although unique in our coverage of military gear in action, the shot shows something that, at least for some of the Florida residents, is a relatively common occurrence.
It won’t be for long, though, as the Talon is about to be retired in favor of the much more modern T-7A Red Hawk, currently being put together by Boeing. The aerospace company just selected earlier is September the supplier for mission-management processors, which will wear the logos of defense contractor L3Harris.
As per the available info, there will be some 351 Red Hawk made, to replace (and then some) the existing Talons.