USAF F-16C block 50 #01-7050 from the 79th FS taxis toward the runway at Eielson AFB before departing for a combat training mission on June 11th, 2012 during Red Flag-Alaska 12-2. [USAF photo by TSgt. Michael Holzworth]
An U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon from the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., taxis toward the runway at Eielson AFB, Alaska, before departing for a combat training mission June 11, 2012, during Red Flag-Alaska 12-2. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, joint/coalition, tactical air combat employment exercise which corresponds to the operational capability of participating units. The entire exercise takes place in the Joint Pacific Range Complex over Alaska as well as a portion of Western Canada for a total airspace of more than 67,000 square miles.