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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert Owens, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Shooters Aircraft Maintenance Unit tactical aircraft maintainer, refers to his tablet prior to marshalling a 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 26, 2017. Pilots, maintainers and intelligence Airmen assigned to the 55th FS participate in Red Flag exercises at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to gain experience and maintain combat readiness for deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) Shooters stay ready at Red Flag
Tactical aircraft maintainers from around the globe marshal in various aircraft — from the F-35 Lightning II to the B-2 Spirit — onto a sunny flightline in the Mojave Desert. An F-16CM Fighting Falcon with a blue and white checkered tail flash displaying the number “55” has flown from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, to play a part in a massive military exercise. The pilot inside the aircraft has a busy few weeks ahead of him as a Red Flag participant.
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