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Col. Andy Hockman, Capt. Carl Miller and Staff Sgt. John Eller brief their communication plan Jan. 3 for an upcoming low-level flight at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Col. Hockman is the 15th Operations Group commander and Capt. Miller and Sgt. Eller are from the 535th Airlift Squadron.In a world of increasingly sophisticated air defenses, the United States needs to maintain a first-class air force. In combat, aircraft often operate at altitudes as low as 100 feet and at high airspeeds to defeat ground missile radars and avoid sophisticated surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, and enemy fighters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)


How low can they go

Col. Andy Hockman, Capt. Carl Miller and Staff Sgt. John Eller brief their communication plan Jan. 3 for an upcoming low-level flight at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Col. Hockman is the 15th Operations Group commander and Capt. Miller and Sgt. Eller are from the 535th Airlift Squadron.In a world of increasingly sophisticated air defenses, the United States needs to maintain a first-class air force. In combat, aircraft often operate at altitudes as low as 100 feet and at high airspeeds to defeat ground missile radars and avoid sophisticated surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, and enemy fighters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

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