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Drones launch in support of Checkered Flag 20-1

Airman 1st Class Treyzhaun, left, Senior Airman Ryan Breton, center, and A1C Jose Gallardo, right, 325th Operations Support Squadron, air traffic controllers, communicate with inbound and outbound pilots trafficking the runway in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Airman 1st Class Treyzhaun Carter, left, Senior Airman Ryan Breton, center, and A1C Jose Gallardo, right, 325th Operations Support Squadron, air traffic controllers, communicate with inbound and outbound pilots trafficking the runway in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Lt. Col. Benjamin Orsua, Checkered Flag 20-1 exercise director, is interviewed by local media stations at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Lt. Col. Benjamin Orsua, Checkered Flag 20-1 exercise director, is interviewed by local media stations at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Multiple F-22 Raptor aircraft traffic the runway in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Multiple F-22 Raptor aircraft traffic the runway in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

A series of BQM-164 unmanned drones are stored in a bunker prior to launch in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

A series of BQM-164 unmanned drones are stored in a bunker prior to launch in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

A BQM-164 unmanned drones is stored in a bunker prior to launch in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

A BQM-164 unmanned drones is stored in a bunker prior to launch in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Airman 1st Class Treyzhaun, 325th Operations Support Squadron, air traffic controller, communicates with inbound and outbound pilots trafficking the runway in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Airman 1st Class Treyzhaun Carter, 325th Operations Support Squadron, air traffic controller, communicates with inbound and outbound pilots trafficking the runway in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

A BQM-164 unmanned drone prepares for launch in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

A BQM-164 unmanned drone prepares for launch in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Several BQM-164 unmanned drones prepare to launch in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Several BQM-164 unmanned drones prepare to launch in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Airman 1st Class Treyzhaun, left, Senior Airman Ryan Breton, center, and A1C Jose Gallardo, right, 325th Operations Support Squadron, air traffic controllers, communicate with inbound and outbound pilots trafficking the runway in support of exercise Checkered Flag 20-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 13, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-scale exercise involving multiple military partners and installations, designed to focus on training and evaluating fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, pilots and maintainers. In conduction with the exercise, air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations are tested and recorded to provide data on best practices and ensuring future mission successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)