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AF fighter jets practice for inauguration flyover

An F-15 Eagle takes off to perform a practice run for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 19, 2017. It is symbolic for the F-22 to fly out front as it is the world’s most capable fifth generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off to perform a practice run for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 19, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

Four U.S. Air Force fighter jets practice for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 19, 2017. The formation is comprised of two, fourth generation fighters (F-15 and F-16) along with two, fifth generation fighters (F-22 and F-35). (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

Four Air Force fighter jets practice for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 19, 2017. The formation is comprised of two, fourth generation fighters (the F-15E Strike Eagle and the F-16 Fighting Falcon) along with two, fifth generation fighters (the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II). (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

An F-22 Raptor takes off to perform a practice run for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va, Jan. 19, 2017.The fighter jets are scheduled to fly in a close formation during the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump at the Capitol in Washington, District of Columbia, Jan. 20, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

An F-22 Raptor takes off to perform a practice run for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va, Jan. 19, 2017.The fighter jets are scheduled to fly in a close formation during the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) --

Four Air Force fighter jets practiced for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2017.

Two generations of fighter aircraft are scheduled to fly in a close formation during the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017.

The aircraft performing the flyover are the F-15 Strike Eagle from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, the F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, the F-22 Raptor from JB Langley-Eustis, and the F-35 Lightning II from Eglin AFB, Florida.

“Our mixed formation of fourth generation fighters along with our fifth generation fighters truly represents how the [Air Force] fights,” said Lt. Col. John Echols, the 94th Fighter Squadron commander and formation lead. “Symbolically, it’s appropriate that the F-22 is out front as it is the world’s most capable fifth generation fighter aircraft.”

According to Echols, the F-22 and F-35 are more survivable in contested airspace and complement each other in their role to establish and maintain air superiority. Gaining air superiority enables the fourth generation fighters, whether that’s an F-15 or F-16 in this case, to employ their substantial capabilities against any enemy.

“Our team [at JB Langley-Eustis] is well trained and very focused on accomplishing any mission we are given, whether this is in combat, training or a high-visibility flyover,” said Echols. “At the end of the day, we just want to represent our Air Force and the American people to the best of our ability. We want to make them proud.”


 


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