USAF Gallery: Air and space superiority
A B-1B Lancer takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.
Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane/U.S. Air Force
Air Assault Inbound
Senior Airman Justin Tamayo monitors incoming combat aircraft during a joint live-fire exercise at a regional range in Southwest Asia.
Master Sgt. Benjamin Bloker/U.S. Air Force
A-10 Thunderbolt II show of force maneuver
Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/U.S. Air Force
A KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refuels a C-130J Super Hercules during the Emerald Warrior exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla.
U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder
Flock of Eagles
Three F-15C Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing prepare to return to their simulated air combat portion of the Arctic Challenge exercise over Norway.
U.S. Air Force/1st Lt. Christopher Mesnard
Plotting a position
Staff Sgt. Quenton Bailey inputs the location of a downed aircraft point during a continuation training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Christopher Tam
A C-130 Hercules aircraft releases fire retardant over the trees in the mountains above Palm Springs, Calif.
U.S. ANG/Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis
During early morning operations, 131st Bomb Wing Missouri Air National Guard mantainers service a B-2 Stealth at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.
U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Robert Trubia
Gunning for it
Airman 1st Class Natasha Libby examines the barrels of a Gau-2 mini gun mounted on an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Libby is an aerial gunner assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron.
U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
Close Quarter Inspection
Senior Airman Nate Hall conducts a post-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Hall is an aircraft maintainer deployed to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Scott Saldukas
Senior Airman Matthew Crow talks with pilots in a B-1B Lancer during pre-flight communications before taking part in a Green Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
Bombs On Target
An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., drops a AGM-65 Maverick during a close-air support training mission over the Nevada Test and Training Range.
USAF/Senior Airman Brett Clashman
Staff Sgt. Michelle Charlie waits for a reporting statement from Drew Hagen during drill training at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
USAF/Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade
The F-35 Integrated Test Force is completing a series of night flights, testing the ability to fly the jet safely in instrument meteorological conditions where the pilot has no external visibility references.
Tom Reynolds, Lockheed Martin
F-16 Elephant Walk
F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate an "Elephant Walk" as they taxi down the flightline at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.
U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Fowler
Firefighters from the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron extinguish a fire during a fire training exercise at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.
U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse
Air Force Cadet Sunrise
Air Force Academy cadets form up while attempting to break the largest formation collegiate record over Gila Bend, Ariz.
U.S. Air Force
Minotaur IV rocket makes an arc as it is launched at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Minotaur IV launched the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite, a satellite that can detect and track orbiting space objects from space.
USAF/Senior Airman Andrew Lee
Pave Hawk Refuel
New York Air National Guard HH-60G Pave Hawks prepare to conduct aerial refueling operations with a HC-130J Combat King II during exercise Angel Thunder at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
USAF/Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon
Giving a predator its teeth
Senior Airman Bethany Lamb and Tech. Sgt. Travis Wheeler load an inert missile onto a MQ-1 Predator during the load crew competition at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
USAF/Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker
An F-16 Fighting Falcon pitches out while popping flares.
USAF/Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
No desk job here
A U.S. Airman marshals a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during Patriot Hook 2013 at Los Alamitos Army Airfield in Los Alamitos, Calif.
USAF/Staff Sgt. Heather Cozad
Hung out to dry
Staff Sgt. Nathan Vogel and Senior Airman Zack Asmus are hoisted out of the water during a water rescue training scenario off the coast of Torii Station, Japan.
USAF/Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn L. Rich-Pendracki
Fill 'er up
Maj. Johnathan Zito with the 15th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. , pulls his C-17 Globmaster III in behind a KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel off Florida's east coast.
USAF/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
Capt. Blaine Jones takes off in Thunderbird 6 during the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Expo. Jones is an opposing solo pilot with the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron.
USAF/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid
Air jump over Hawaii
Maj. Aaron Lawson, of Special Operations Command Pacific, jumps from a C-17 Globemaster III near Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam-Hawaii.
Roll out the Hercules
The crew of a C-130 Hercules prepares for a flight in Alexandria, La., in support of Joint Readiness Training Center aeromedical evacuation training.
USAF/Tech. Sgt. Chris Hibben
Crew chiefs perform maintenance checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
USAF/Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston
Drill to precision
The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team practices a new routine on the drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
One person is confirmed dead and several others have been injured after a tour bus crashed on southbound Interstate 15 near state Route 76 in the Fallbrook area.
Consumer Reports tested more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased at stores across the country and found potentially harmful bacteria in 97 percent of the samples.
A 71-year-old volunteer worker at the USS Midway Museum plunged from one deck of the retired aircraft carrier to another Thursday and became wedged in a hatch, necessitating a 45-minute rescue effort to free him.
Richard Tuite, who was acquitted two weeks ago in the 1998 death of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe, will have his parole extended by eight months.
A probable cause hearing is being held in San Diego to determine whether a convicted serial rapist should be deemed a sexually violent predator, paving the way for him to remain involuntarily committed to a state mental hospital rather than be released on the public after serving only half of a 50-year prison sentence.