US Air Force conducted exercises at Arctic base

US Air Force conducted exercises at Arctic base

More than 30 fighter jets and two tanker aircraft took part in the exercise at Ayleson Air Force Base, near Fairbanks, Alaska.

According to the base command, the purpose of the exercise was to test the capabilities of this Arctic base to quickly generate combat air power.

The pilots practiced movement in a formation known as the “elephant walk,” in which fighters take off almost simultaneously, next to each other, like a herd of elephants.

“The Elephant Walk is more than just a test of our ability to respond quickly,” said US Air Force Colonel David Skalitzky, Commanding Officer 354.

“It is designed to show our pilots, who work behind the scenes, what the Eileson base is, to demonstrate our power in the Arctic arena,” he added.

The exercise was attended by 18 F-35A fighters, 12 F-16 fighters and two KC-135 tanker aircraft.

“Stay tuned as our combat capabilities will continue to grow and I am incredibly proud of the disciplined, professional, combat-focused approach that our team demonstrated today,” said Air Wing Commander Colonel David Berkland.

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