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May 23, 2017

Raptor Demo Team; Wings Over Pittsburgh 2017

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Darshele Green, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team avionics specialist, assists a child while he tries on a pilot’s helmet during the 911th Airlift Wing's Wings Over Pittsburgh 2017 Air Show, at Coraopolis, Pa., May 13, 2017. Throughout the show, the demonstration team hosted a tent for spectators to visit and talk with

May 10, 2017

Air Force’s oldest Fighter Squadron celebrates centennial

The Air Force’s oldest fighter squadron celebrated its 100th year anniversary at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, May 8, 2017. The 27th Fighter Squadron, dates back to World War I and was originally organized at Kelly Field, Texas. It was later assigned to the 1st Pursuit Group in early 1918, and is now known as the 1st Operations Group. The squadron also served in the European theater from March 1918 until armistice in November of that year.

May 9, 2017

NDI ensures minor cracks don't create big problems

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dylan Snoddy, 1st Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection technician, looks up technical orders for using the magnetic particle unit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 9, 2017. The magnetic particle unit is used to detect faults in ferromagnetic parts that could result in hazards and equipment

April 19, 2017

ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17: Leveraging fifth-gen capabilities

The 1st Fighter Wing is on its second week of ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, an exercise at at Joint Base Langley-Eustis focusing on leveraging fifth-generation fighter capabilities with partnering nations.

March 24, 2017

JBLE hosts ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17

U.S. Air Force Airmen will partner with the Royal Air Force and the French Air Force for a second trilateral exercise beginning April 12 through April 28, 2017, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, hosted by the 1st Fighter Wing, focuses on operations in a highly contested operational environment through a variety of complex, simulated adversary scenarios. The goal of the exercise is to enhance interoperability through combined coalition aerial campaigns.

March 2, 2017

JBLE welcomes President Trump

President Donald J. Trump greeted a crowd of service members, their families and friends as he made his first official visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis and the Tidewater military community, March 2, 2017.

March 1, 2017

AFE: One stitch between life, death

“When someone’s life is in your hands, you have to be cognizant that their life depends on you...You only get one chance.” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Wineman, 1st Operation Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, eluding to what could happen to a pilot if technicians, like him, did not do their job correctly.

Nov. 21, 2016

F-22 Raptor demonstrates at Nellis

U.S. Air Force Maj. Dan Dickinson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot, executes his final flyby for a tack pitch during the 2016 Air Power over Southern Nevada Air Show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 13, 2016. Dickinson is an F-22 fighter pilot with more than 900 flying hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Mahalia Frost)

Nov. 9, 2016

1st FW Raptors, crew soar through flying hours

The 1st Fighter Wing’s F-22 Raptors collectively reached their flying hour mark this fiscal year of more than 6,000 hours. For each fiscal year, the flying hour program tasks the number of hours pilots need to acquire in order to maintain proficient in combative flying, based on budgeting and the maximum number of sorties the wing is capable of producing. With limited resources available, the 1st FW completing the hours was an intricate balance between progression in maintenance and tactical logistics, which guided the Raptors to success. “We have to maximize each and every sortie flown to reach the highest level of combat readiness,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael, 1st Operational Support Squadro¬¬¬¬n director of operations. “It takes a significant number of man-hours and resources to prepare and fix the aircraft for each and every flight.”

Nov. 9, 2016

PMEL flexes TFCU muscles

When the 1st Fighter Wing trains to prepare for Global Response Force taskings, people may hear aircraft launch from a mile away, but what they don’t typically hear or see are other components that get the jets in the air. The 1st Maintenance Squadron’s Test Measurement and Diagnostic Flight performs some of the lesser heard maintenance support duties, specifically calibrating mission essential equipment and determining temperature points the equipment can be used in.