Taming the Viper

At Luke Air Force Base, young pilots learn to fly the F-16

Major Brandon “Cracker” McBrayer, an instructor pilot at Luke, merges with a MiG-29 adversary in a flight simulator. One Viper pilot equates flying the F-16 to "driving a Ferrari, whittling a piece of wood, and playing Stratego—all at the same time." (John M. Dibbs)

Aerial Refueling

(John M. Dibbs)

Lieutenant Colonels “Max” Maixner and “Opie” Stewart, flying F-16s of the 63rd Fighter Squadron (the “Panthers”) practice aerial refueling with a KC-135R from the Arizona Air National Guard.


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