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Scenes from Checkered Flag 21-2

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle takes off

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, takes off during Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall AFB, Florida, May 11, 2021. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise held at Tyndall, which fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of fourth and fifth-generation aircraft in combat training. The 21-2 iteration of the exercise was held May 10-21, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II takes off

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off during Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall AFB, Florida, May 11, 2021. The 34th FS participated alongside several U.S. Air Force and Navy units during Checkered Flag and Weapons Systems Evaluation Program East 21-8, hosted by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. The exercises focused on enhancing fighter interoperability as well as live-fire tests and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet takes off

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 86, Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, takes off during Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 11, 2021. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise held at Tyndall, which fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of fourth and fifth-generation aircraft in combat training. The 21-2 iteration of the exercise was held May 10-21, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

U.S. Air Force Airman stands on top of aircraft

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jerek Hill, 336th Fighter Squadron crew chief, assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, screws down a panel on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall AFB, Florida, May 13, 2021. Over 70 aircraft and 2,000 joint personnel came to Tyndall for Checkered Flag to train and prepare for the Immediate Response Force. The 21-2 iteration of the exercise was held May 10-21, 2021. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Brad Sturk)

U.S. Air Force Airman secures missile onto aircraft

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Reggie Ramirez, 336th Fighter Squadron weapons load crew member, assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, secures a missile to an F-15E Strike Eagle during Weapons System Evaluation Program East 21-8 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 13, 2021. Checkered Flag 21-2 was held in coordination with the 53rd Wing’s WSEP East 21-8, run by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group located at Tyndall. Holding these exercises together allowed participating units to test both joint interoperability and live-fire missile capabilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Brad Sturk)

U.S. Navy Aviation Ordnancemen secure missile to an aircraft

U.S. Navy Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, load an AIM-9 missile during Weapons System Evaluation Program East 21-8 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 13, 2021. Checkered Flag 21-2 was held in coordination with the 53rd Wing’s WSEP East 21-8, run by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group located at Tyndall. Holding these exercises together allowed participating units to test both joint interoperability and live-fire missile capabilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Brad Sturk)

U.S. Navy Aviation ordnancemen pull a missile cart

U.S. Navy Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Shekonno Uzzle (right) and Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class Tyuana Brown (left), assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, move a weapons cart across the flight line during Weapons System Evaluation Program East 21-8 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 13, 2021. Checkered Flag 21-2 was held in coordination with the 53rd Wing’s WSEP East 21-8, run by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group located at Tyndall. Holding these exercises together allowed participating units to test both joint interoperability and live-fire missile capabilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Brad Sturk)

U.S. Navy Ordnancemen inspect missiles

U.S. Navy Ordnancemen assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, inspect an AIM-120 missile during Weapons System Evaluation Program East 21-8 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 13, 2021. Checkered Flag 21-2 was held in coordination with the 53rd Wing’s WSEP East 21-8, run by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group located at Tyndall. Holding these exercises together allowed participating units to test both joint interoperability and live-fire missile capabilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Brad Sturk)

U.S. Air Force Airman checks charts in Air Traffic Control tower

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Larson, 325th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, checks a departures board while communicating with aircraft set to takeoff during Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 11, 2021. Air traffic controllers from the 325th OSS managed more than 70 aircraft launches during the initial flying day of the Checkered Flag exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

U.S. Air Force Airman sits in front of computer screens
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob Ray, 325th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control watch supervisor, monitors airspace radar display screens during Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 21, 2021. Individuals within Radar Approach Control monitored the airspace of the Gulf Range Complex during Checkered Flag, one of the Department of Defense’s largest air-to-air exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk) (Proprietary information redacted)

U.S. Air Force Airman sits in front of computer screen
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gannon Soares, 325th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control specialist, monitors airspace radar display screens during Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 21, 2021. Individuals within Radar Approach Control monitored the airspace while more than 115 aircraft participated in large force exercises throughout the two weeks of Checkered Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

U.S. Air Force Airman stands in front of computers
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathan Watkins, 325th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control watch supervisor, checks the intended flight plans for aircraft during Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 21, 2021. Individuals within the Radar Approach Control were essential during Checkered Flag as they provided adequate separation between the aircraft participating in the large force exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, takes off during Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall AFB, Florida, May 11, 2021. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise held at Tyndall, which fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of fourth and fifth-generation aircraft in combat training. The 21-2 iteration of the exercise was held May 10-21, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)