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Week in Photos, Jan 11, 2013

 

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By Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

You know the drill; here are some amazing images to wrap up an amazing week in the U.S. Air Force.

Photos: A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft sits on the runway at Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa, Dec. 16, 2012. The 446th Airlift Wing aircrew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. traveled to Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond, Australia in support of a joint operation. Tropical Cyclone Evan passed over American Samoa Dec. 12 -16 causing 6,000 people to take shelter in evacuation centers and $4.1 million in damages to infrastructure. The puddle in the foreground is a result of the rains from that storm system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Polka)

Week in Photos, Jan 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Delia Marchick

Air Force Public Affairs Agency

This is how our Airmen across the globe ended 2012 in the new year’s first Week in Photos.

 

A C-130 Hercules taxis to its parking spot in Southwest Asia, on Dec. 28, 2012. Snow removal teams used specialized equipment to clear the runways and taxiways after an overnight snowfall covered the flightline with more than three inches of snow. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis)

 

Airman shows skills as F-22 demo pilot

 by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

1/2/2013 – LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.)

The serenity of a sleepy, morning sky broke as a dark form rose from the ground and blotted out the sun. An F-22 Raptor maneuvered through the dawn, banking and rolling, rising and falling at impossible angles. Through the cockpit window, a faceless visor disguised the pilot’s exertion.

He angled the jet into a vertical climb as the engines roared to defy gravity. His plane leveled out, and he slowly spun to the earth.

Such complex maneuvers become routine for one pilot at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Capt. Patrick Williams, the new Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration pilot, practiced these maneuvers to give crowds worldwide a taste of both the Raptor’s, and the Air Force’s, capabilities.

“People typically see the Air Force on the news, and that’s it,” said Williams. “The air show is the best way we can say ‘Hey America, look at this awesome airplane you’ve given us. This is why we are so successful at what we do.'”

Before taking the controls of the world’s premier, fifth-generation jet fighter, Williams honed his skills in the back-country skies of Idaho at the age of five.

“I still remember my very first log-book entry,” said Williams. “My dad let me sit on his lap during a flight, so he wrote down the entry. It said ‘we saw horses and cows in the Salmon River valley.'”

After speaking with his father about the future of flying as a career, Williams embraced his desire to fly fighters by joining the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co., as a prospective pilot.

During his tenure at the academy, Williams participated in the glider program, became a cadet instructor and graduated with a degree in Astronautical Engineering. Upon completion of his academy training, he travelled to Mississippi to begin basic fighter training, after which he began training to fly the F-15C Eagle.

Williams was assigned to the 12th Fighter Squadron in Alaska, and then transferred to the Raptor once the 90th Fighter Squadron stood up. After showing his skills in the cockpit at both Alaska and Hawaii, the Air Force selected him to become the next Raptor demo pilot.

With the new Raptor demo season quickly approaching, Williams said he was excited to show the world the power of the jet. The demo team plans to tour across the country and hopes to make some international stops as well.

As a demo pilot, Williams said he is honored to be the face of both the Raptor and the Air Force.

“I have to pinch myself every time I get out of the jet,” said Williams. “You land, look back and think ‘I can’t believe I get to fly that airplane.'”

Williams shares his passion for flying with the awestruck audience each time he hops into the cockpit to perform. His life in the sky inspires those watching to reach up and grab their own goals, even if they are small boys from Idaho.

Eglin ready for F-35 training, Dec. 18, 2012

 

F-35

An independent evaluation has found Eglin Air Force base capable of conducting F-35A Lighting II pilot training.

“The OUE [Operational Utility Evaluation] showed the men and women at Eglin are ready,” Air Education and Training Command commander, Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., said. “I’m very proud of both those in uniform and the contracted support who put in years of hard work. The culmination of those labors was successfully demonstrating the Integrated Training Center can conduct safe and effective flying operations in addition to academic training.”

During the OUE experienced F-16 and A-10 pilots transitioned to the world’s first multi-role stealth fighter. The results show the F-35 aircraft and its pilot training program are robust enough to conduct the planned transition and upgrade courses.

“The team at Eglin went through a rigorous process to lead the way for F-35A training. We look forward to starting off the New Year with more history in the making as they put the JSF Integrated Training Center to task to provide a world class training program,” said Rice.

Photo: Two U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Courtesy photo)

Air Force Week in Photos, Oct. 26, 2012

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By Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

It’s the last weekend before Halloween, and some of you will be out tonight. Remember to stay safe. The good news is that looking at our Week in Photos is risk free!

Photo: Members of the 33rd Rescue Squadron fly an HH-60G Pave Hawk at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 20, 2012. The rescue squadrons participated in an air show to help highlight the relationship between the U.S. service members and South Korea through public demonstrations of military equipment and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sara Csurilla)