Aircraft maintainers work on an AC-130U Spooky Gunship at sunset

Top Instagram shots of 2014

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

If you haven’t been following the Air Force Instagram page this year, you’ve missed out seeing awesome Airmen in action and some especially stellar photos. But, don’t despair! We’ll catch you up on the highlights with our top 10 shots based on what our followers talked about and loved.

1. 101st Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk training over water

An HH-60 Pave Hawk conducts training over the water
An HH-60 Pave Hawk conducts training Nov. 25, 2014, around Westhampton Beach, N.Y. During this time the aircrew tested the aircraft’s defensive systems and conducted a simulated rescue of a downed Airman. The HH-60 is with the 101st Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy) (This photo was created using Instagram) #aircraft #Avgeek #Military #POTD

2. New dorms at Air Force basic military training

Beds line a sleeping bay in a new Air Force basic military training dormitory
Rows of beds line a sleeping bay in a basic military training dormitory at Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland, Texas. BMT is an 8 1/2 week program designed to transform civilians into motivated, disciplined warrior Airmen with the foundation to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Victoria Hight) (This photo was created using Instagram) #AirForce #bmt #BasicTraining #Military

3. C-5M Super Galaxy engine run

An Airman observes a C-5M Super Galaxy as it does an engine run on a snowy flightline
Airman 1st Class Jack Grimmett, 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron jet engine mechanic, observes a C-5M Super Galaxy engine run during a bleed-air operational check at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis/Released) (This photo was created using Instagram) #AirForce #Snow

4. A hero comes home

Army Air forces Sgt. Charles A. Gardner is buried at Arlington National Cemetery after his remains were recovered from 1944
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Callaghan-McCann salutes the flag before he presents it to a family member of Army Air forces Sgt. Charles A. Gardner Dec. 4, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. Gardner, along with 11 of his fellow crew members, went missing on April 10, 1944, after his B-24D Liberator aircraft was shot down over New Guinea. Callaghan-McCann is with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee/Released) (This photo was created using Instagram) @USArmy #AirForce #military

5. Northern Lights over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

The Northern Lights as seen over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 15, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released) (This photo was created using Instagram) #NorthernLights #Aurora #AirForce #POTD

6. U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps formation during Valiant Shield 2014

A formation of U.S. Navy ships with Air Force and Marine Corps aircraft operate in formation during exercise Valiant Shield
U.S. Navy ships from the George Washington and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Groups and U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps aircraft operate in formation Sept. 23, 2014, at the conclusion of Valiant Shield 2014. Exercises likes VS 14 provide the U.S. military the opportunity to integrate joint assets in an Air-Sea Battle environment, refining the military’s ability to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners in the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released) (This photo was created using Instagram) @USNavy @Marines #AirForce

7. Good view of the airshow

Aircrew members enjoy the Air Force Thunderbirds during an airshow at Nellis Air Force Base
Aircrew members watch the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, perform Nov. 7, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The open house is a two-day event depicting America’s aviation history and displaying the nation’s newest military aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang, the B-1 Lancer, the F-22 Raptor and many others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay/Released) (This photo was created using Instagram) #airshow #AirForce

8. KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor prior to operations in Syria

An Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter
An Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter prior to strike operations in Syria, Sept. 26, 2014. This aircraft was part of the strike package that engaged ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released) (This photo was created using Instagram) #military #AirForce #aircraft

9. What’s for dessert?

Desserts at Air Force basic military training are on display in a carousel
Has anyone dared to eat a dessert from the carousel at #AirForce basic military training? (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Victoria Hight/Released) (This photo was created using Instagram) #BMT #military #food

10. Happy birthday Air Force

650 Air Force captains form up to create the image of Air Force symbol
More than 650 Air Force captains from Air University’s Squadron Officer School Class 14E at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., form-up to make an image of the Air Force symbol in honor of the 67th Air Force birthday. How are you celebrating our birthday? (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Donna Burnett/Released) (This photo was created using Instagram) #AFBday #AirForce

If you missed checking out our photos this year, follow us on Instagram for 2015 at @usairforce! Did we miss one of your favorite Air Force Instagram photos of this year? Which was it?