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U.S. Air Force North Dakota Air National Guard pilot Duane"Pappy"Larson (foreground left), signs his logbook with members of his ground crew, on the wing of a F-51D Mustang aircraft, at Camp Williams, Wisconsin, in June 1953. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

Photographs of X-15 Pilot Captain Joe H. Engle, USAF, and a X-15 Aircraft

A Royal Air Force pilot assists a U.S. Air Force pilot aboard an aircraft during an RAF visit to the base

A Royal Air Force pilot helps a U.S. Air Force pilot don his flight suit during an RAF visit to the base

A Royal Air Force pilot helps a U.S. Air Force pilot climb into an aircraft during an RAF visit to the base

A pilot of the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron looks over mission procedures during exercise Purple Duck, a deployment from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to Kwang Ju Air Base for joint operation readiness maneuvers with Korean troopers

A U.S. Air Force pilot briefs Italian air force GEN Basilio Cottone, commander, 5th Allied Tactical Air Force, NATO, on an aircraft instrument panel

A U.S. Air Force pilot briefs Italian air force GEN Basilio Cottone, commander, 5th Allied Tactical Air Force, NATO, on an aircraft cockpit

Artwork: C-5 Pilot - Artist: Murray Tinkelman U.S. Air Force Art Collection OFFICIAL U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO (RELEASED)

TECH. SGT. Lee Schading Langley Air Force Base, Va....A 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron pilot looks out from the cockpit of his F-15 Eagle aircraft during exercise Coronet Archer. OFFICIAL U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO (RELEASED)

First LT. Geir Haugland, a Norwegian F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft pilot with the 331st Squadron, briefs four U.S. Air Force pilots on exercise Alloy Express

Reporters and photographers crowd around LCOL Leroy Schroeder, B-1 bomber chief test pilot, as he answers questions about the aircraft. The B-1 bomber in the background has just completed a fly-by and landing at the base

A US Navy (USN) Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King Helicopter sits on the flight line as a ground crewman signals to the pilot for take off during a Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). A US Air Force (USAF) General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is seen on landing approach in the background

MASTER SGT. Richard Cone, a physiological training technician at the Cockpit Integration Laboratory, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, measures a pilot's skull during a fitting for nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) protective flight gear

A pilot from the 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron sits in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in preparation for takeoff during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft pilot and his crew chief make last minute checks before takeoff during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84. They are assigned to the 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron

A B-52 aircraft flight simulator used for pilot and co-pilot training. This equipment is assigned to the 379th Avionics Maintenance Squadron

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Hodges (right), 63rd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, debriefs a pilot upon his return to the air force base from a mission during June Air Defense Exercise

A pilot and his crewchief perform a standard preflight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. They are participating in the June Air Defense Exercise

A ground crewman signals to a pilot aboard an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Clark Air Base, Philippines, during the joint Thai/U.S. Air Force Exercise Commando West VIII

A Thai pilot and a VIP pose for a photograph during the joint Thai/U.S. Air Force Exercise Commando West VIII

A pilot of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing does a preflight inspection of an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile on the wing tip of his US Air Force (USAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during Theater Force Employment Exercise IV

A view from inside the cockpit as a pilot maneuvers his aircraft into positionto be refueled by a US Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during Theater Force Employment Exercise IV

CAPT. Erdie O. Lansford II, pilot, and 1ST LT. Christopher C. Reymann, copilot, both of the 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron, fly a C-130E Hercules aircraft on a container delivery system (CDS) airdrop during a training exercise. Both men are graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy

CAPT. Erdie O. Lansford II, pilot, and 1ST LT. Christopher C. Reymann, copilot, and Staff Sgt. William K. Wallis Jr., flight engineer, all of the 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron, fly a C-130E Hercules aircraft on a container delivery system (CDS) airdrop during a training exercise. Both officers are graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy

MAJ. Richard Island communicates with a pilot in the spatial disorientation trainer at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine

STAFF SGT. Glenn Hermes inspects a pilot's harness before closing the canopy of a spatial disorientation trainer at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine

Fragments of a U.S. Air Force aircraft, along with pilot helmets, are displayed at Hanoi's Military Museum

An interior view of the pilot's window in a C-130E Hercules aircraft which was damaged when the plane encountered a hailstorm while on a routine mission from its home base at Hurlburt Field, Florida (FL)

A pilot from the 19th Tactical Fighter Squadron (19th TFS) performs a preflight check on his F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft during a competition in which 19th TFS pilots and members of the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Unit will attempt to break the record fo

Captain (CPT) Paul Walicke, an F-15 Eagle aircraft pilot, listens as a teammate gives him a suggestion during the Camp Perry high-powered rifle competition

Captain (CPT) Paul Walicke, an F-15 Eagle aircraft pilot, prepares to clean his M14 rifle in the locker room at the conclusion of Camp Perry high-powered rifle competition

Captain (CPT) Paul Walicke, an F-15 Eagle aircraft pilot, aims his M14 rifle during the Camp Perry high-powered rifle competition

Captain (CPT) Paul Walicke, an F-15 Eagle aircraft pilot, cleans his M14 rifle in the locker room at the conclusion of the Camp Perry high-powered rifle competition

Captain (CPT) Paul Walicke, an F-15 Eagle aircraft pilot, poses for a photo during the Camp Perry high-powered rifle competition

Captain (CPT) Paul Walicke, an F-15 Eagle aircraft pilot, poses with his M14 rifle during the Camp Perry high-powered rifle competition

A member of the 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron signals instructions to the pilot of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft taxiing along the flight line. The aircraft is among 24 F-16s and 400 Air Force personnel that are departing for Ramstein Air Base, West

The pilot of a 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft checks the fighter's exhaust system during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort to evaluate

The pilot of a 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft checks the mounting of an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effo

A ground crewman uses head gear to communicate with the pilot of a 363rd Tactical Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft as other ground crewmen check a Falcon's exhaust system during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Cen

A Jordanian pilot covers his ears as he watches the arrival of 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort

A flight line crewman communicates with the pilot of a 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort to evalu

A pilot from the 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing fills out paperwork shortly after landing on base to participate in Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort to evaluate pro

The pilot of a 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft checks the fighter's air intake valve during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort to evaluat

Jordanian Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Bani, right, flight coordinator at Azarq Air Base, welcomes a pilot from the 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing shortly after a pilot's arrival to participate in Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Centr

A student pilot trains on flight simulator equipment. (SUBSTANDARD)

An air-to-air right side view of four 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron T-33 Shooting Star aircraft in formation near McChord Air Force Base with Mount Wilson in the background. Brigadier General (BGEN) John M. Davey, commander, 25th Air Division, pilot

Artwork:"COL. Guion S. Bluford Jr., USAF Fighter Pilot, Astronaut/Space Pioneer". Artist: Harrison E. Benton (NY)

Members of the Airlift Control Element engine-running offload team await instructions from the pilot to begin cargo offloading procedures during Exercise OCEAN VENTURE'88

An air-to-air left side view of a T-41A Mescalero aircraft. Mescalero aircraft are used in preliminary flight screening programs for Air Force undergraduate pilot candidates and for cadet flight training at the U.S. Air Force Academy

An instructor and pilot candidate fly a T-41A Mescalero trainer aircraft, dubbed the "City of Hondo." The U.S. Air Force Officer Training School uses the Mescalero in its flight screening program for pilot candidates, based at the Hondo Municipal Airport,

An air-to-air left front view of a T-41A Mescalero aircraft. Mescalero aircraft are used in preliminary flight screening programs for Air Force undergraduate pilot candidates and for cadet flight training at the U.S. Air Force Academy

An air-to-air left front view of a T-41A Mescalero aircraft. Mescalero aircraft are used in preliminary flight screening programs for Air Force undergraduate pilot candidates and for cadet flight training at the U.S. Air Force Academy

An instructor and pilot candidate fly a T-41A Mescalero trainer aircraft, dubbed the "City of Hondo." The U.S. Air Force Officer Training School uses the Mescalero in its flight screening program for pilot candidates, based at the Hondo Municipal Airport,

An air-to-air left front view of a T-41A Mescalero aircraft. Mescalero aircraft are used in preliminary flight screening programs for Air Force undergraduate pilot candidates and for cadet flight training at the U.S. Air Force Academy

A USAF female crew chief checks with the RF-4C pilot on the ladder of an RF-4C Phantom aircraft after a competition mission during Reconnaissance Air Meet 88, a multi-national competition of military aerial reconnaissance teams at Bergstrom Air Force Base. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A USAF female crew chief goes over the RF-4C Phantom aircraft forms with pilot and weapons system officer after a competition mission during Reconnaissance Air Meet 88, a multi-national competition of military aerial reconnaissance teams at Bergstrom Air Force Base. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A 6th Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force pilot exits his RF-111 aircraft after completing a mission during Reconnaissance Air Meet"88. The international competition is being hosted by the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Bergstrom Air Force Base

A US Navy crew chief secures the pilot of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft into the cockpit in preparation for a night mission during Reconnaissance Air Meet"88. The international competition is being hosted by the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Bergstrom

A ground crewman guides the pilot of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft as the plane is positioned on the flight line in preparation for a night mission during Reconnaissance Air Meet"88. The international competition is being hosted by the 67th Tactical Reconnais

The pilot of an RF-4C II aircraft does a last minute check prior to a night mission during Reconnaissance Air Meet"88. The international competition is being hosted by the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Bergstrom Air Force Base

A ground crewman signals the pilot of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft as other crewmen service the plane on the flight line during Reconnaissance Air Meet"88. The international competition is being hosted by the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Bergstrom Ai

A pilot performs a pre-flight check on his AH-1 HueyCobra helicopter during combined Army-Air Force live exercises (CALFEX IV) at the Yukon Command Training Site

Captain (CPT) Jim Melancon, left, and Major (MAJ) Rod Bell, the co-pilot and pilot of the KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft"Cherokee Rose"on one of its four record-setting"time-to-climb"flights, attend a preflight briefing. Both men are assigned to the 384th

U.S. Air Force F-4D Phantom II aircraft Pilots assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, Weapons Systems Officer MAJ. Roger Larsen (top), and pilot MAJ. William Dittmer, climb into the cockpit of their aircraft during an alert scramble in Fargo, N.D. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force F-4D Phantom II aircraft Pilots assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, Weapons Systems Officer MAJ. Roger Larsen (top), and pilot MAJ. William Dittmer, climb into the cockpit of their aircraft during an alert scramble in Fargo, N.D. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

CAPT Tom Goffers, a pilot with the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron, prepares for a ride in a Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-1 aircraft during Cope North 90-1, a joint U.S. Air Force/JASDF exercise

CPT Tom Goffers, a pilot with the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron, walks to the flight line with a Japanese pilot during Cope North 90-1, a joint U.S. Air Force/Japan Air Self Defense Force exercise

MAJ. Stephanie Wells, a pilot with the 433rd Military Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserve, sits in the cockpit of a C-5A Galaxy aircraft

An air-to-air view of a T-41A Mescalero aircraft. Mescalero aircraft are used in preliminary flight screening programs for Air Force undergraduate pilot candidates and for cadet flight training at the U.S. Air Force Academy

An air-to-air view of a T-41A Mescalero aircraft. Mescalero aircraft are used in preliminary flight screening programs for Air Force undergraduate pilot candidates and for cadet flight training at the U.S. Air Force Academy

A close-up view of the markings under the cockpit of a Marine Attack Squadron 231 (VMA-231) AV-8B Harrier aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67). The ace of spades is VMA-231's squadron insignia; the 39 painted inside the bomb refers to the number of combat missions flown by the pilot during Operation Desert Storm

Former prisoner of war CAPT. Richard Storrs, a U.S. Air Force pilot, arrives on the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH-19) after his release by the Iraqi government during Operation Desert Storm.

Former prisoner of war CAPT. Williams Andrews, a U.S. Air Force pilot, is greeted by fellow crew members after his arrival at the Riyadh Air Base upon his release by the Iraqi government during Operation Desert Storm.

Former prisoner of war CAPT. Richard Storrs, a U.S. Air Force pilot, is greeted by fellow crew members after his arrival at the Riyadh Air Base upon his release by the Iraqi government during Operation Desert Storm.

A medical crew attends to former prisoner of war CAPT. Williams Andrews, a U.S. Air Force pilot, on the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH-19) after his release by the Iraqi government during Operation Desert Storm.

Former prisoner of war CAPT. William Andrews, a U.S. Air Force pilot, is greeted by a fellow crew member after his arrival at the Riyadh Air Base upon his release by the Iraqi government during Operation Desert Storm.

A U.S. Air Force pilot signs autographs for the crowd at the National Victory Celebration honoring the coalition forces of Desert Storm

U.S. Air Force CAPT. Bruce Shipp, pilot of an F-15 Eagle Fighter aircraft, prepares for takeoff to attack enemy positions in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.

The pilot of a 36th Fighter Squadron F-16C Fighting Falcon looks up through the canopy of his aircraft as it refuels from a 310th Air Refueling squadron KC-135 aircraft during a Pacific Tanker Task Force refueling mission

MSGT Richard Cone, a physiological training technician at the Cockpit Integration Laboratory, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, takes notes as a pilot performs various tasks in a F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft cockpit mock-up

CAPT. Robert G. Wright (right), 526 Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot, shows and explains F-16 Fighter Falcon controls to Romanian medical officers visiting the 86th Wing as part of the European Command military-to-military contact program with former East bloc countries

U.S. Air Force 4th Fighter Wing F-15 Strike Eagle fighter aircraft pilot, CAPT. Houstoun Waring, holds his two daughters, Natalie (left), and Mari Jean (right), following a 90-day rotation to Southwest Asia, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., on Mar. 31, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00168 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

U.S. Army GEN. Colin Powell (center), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, greets U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft pilot CAPT. David Muehlenthaler (right), following a 90-day rotation to Southwest Asia, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., on Mar. 31, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00168 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

German MIG-29 (right) next to U.S. Air Force F-16 parked on the flightline. Following their MIG-29 flight, MAJ. Gassner and GEN. Oaks reversed roles and embarked on a flight in the F-16. Since the end of the Cold War, armed forces from the east and west are meeting to further understand and strengthen friendships. Such a visit occurred when a MIG-29 from the former East Germany landed and hosted a flight for GEN. Oaks. GEN. Oaks returned the favor by giving the German pilot a F-16 ride

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush sits in the cockpit of a U.S. Navy TBM-1C Avenger aircraft in Fargo, N.D. Sept. 8, 1994. Lieutenant Junior Grade George Bush was a U.S. Navy Pilot assigned to Torpedo Squadron Fifty-One and flew the VT-51 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) during World War Two. (U.S. Air Force photo by TECH. SGT. David H. Lipp) (Released)

A close up right side view of a USAF female pilot, taken inside the cockpit of an aircraft. From AIRMAN Magazine's December 1994 issue article "Women in the Air Force: Completing the Evolution"

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Pilot assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, accept the trophy for top over-all honors during the"William Tell"Weapons Competition Awards Ceremony at Tyndall, Air Force Base, Florida. Pictured are: MAJ. George Lambirth, (third from left), MAJ. Robert Becklund, (fourth from left), MAJ. Robert Edlund, (second from right), and CAPT. Ricky Gibney, (far right). (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force MAJ. Robert Edlund (center) a F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Pilot assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, hoists his trophy as top gun, during the"William Tell"Weapons Competition Awards Ceremony at Tyndall, Air Force Base, Florida. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

USAF exchange officers Captain Ray Purdy, a instructor pilot and Captain Jim Jernigan chat with Lieutenant Colonel Weernan Hansavata, Commander of the Royal Thai Air Force's 601 Squadron at Don Muang Air Base, Thailand and Major Panuvat Piumsri, the CHIEF of Maintenance for the squadron. From AIRMAN Magazine's December 1994 issue article "Living in Thai Style"

A USAF crew chief and pilot conduct a preflight inspection of their 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, South Korea, OA-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft outside a hardened aircraft shelter prior to a mission. From AIRMAN Magazine's January 1995 issue article "Keeping an Eye on the Bad Guy"

USAF STAFF Sergeant Vance Martin, a crew chief with the 561st Fighter Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada helps his aircraft pilot USAF Captain Tom Pfeiffer strap into the seat of a F-4G Phantom Wild Weasel aircraft as Captain Steve Garland prepares to enter the back seat of the aircraft. From AIRMAN Magazine April 1995 issue article "Watch Out for Flying Weasels"

U.S. Air Force MAJ. Keith R. Corliss (left) a C-130 pilot assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, plays with his children on the flight line during a family day event June 11, 1995. (A3604) (PHOTO by TECH. SGT. David H. Lipp, 119th Communications Flight) (Released)

USAF Captain (CPT) Tom Smith (left), a F-16 Falcon aircraft pilot assigned to the 22nd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany and USAF SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Jason Fowler a aircraft armament systems specialists, 22nd Fighter Squadron pose for a photograph on the flight line at Spangdahlem AB, Germany. CPT Smith and SRA Fowler both were forced to eject from the F-16 Falcon aircraft in which they were flying when the aircraft's engine failed. From AIRMAN Magazine's August 1995 issue article "Friday the 13th: The Horror Continues-Jason Jettisoned"

CAPT. Howard Steven, U.S. Air Force, looks over the instrument panel of his aircraft while approaching the airport at ST. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. CAPT. Steven, a pilot from the 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., is flying in relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Marilyn

USAF Captain Brian K. LeTourneau, Commander and pilot and First Lieutenant Scott J. Spitzer sit at the controls of their WC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, (Hurricane Hunters) Keesler AFB, Mississippi while flying a weather reconnaissance mission inside the eye of Hurricane Opal. From AIRMAN Magazine December 1995 article "Hunting Season"

C-130 Hercules aircraft pilot, US Air Force Captain Nick Brocolli and copilot USAF First Lieutenant Johann Verott keep a watchful eye on the terrain as they enter the Combat Fly Zone en route to Tuzla Air Base, Bosnia-Herzegovina

A Crew CHIEF from the 9th Fighter Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, salutes the pilot of a F-117 Nighthawk aircraft after final checks prior to takeoff for Operation DESERT STRIKE

US Air Force Captain James Hayes, a pilot with the Indiana Reserves gets ready to take off from Moron Air Base, Spain, to fly back to the United States. CPT Hayes just completed a 90 tour in the Gulf and stopped at Moron Air Base, Spain, for crew rest

US Air Force Captain Daetz, an F-15 Eagle pilot from the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and USAF STAFF Sergeant Wilson, weapons director, debrief a profile while USAF STAFF Sergeant Kroh prepares for another mission during WILLIAM TELL '96, a biennial US Air Force air-to-air weapons competition

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