Expanding on an earlier effort that provided back-to-back Combat Archer and Combat Hammer training for a Misawa AB, Japan unit, the 53rd Wing weapon system evaluators (at Eglin and Tyndall Air Force Bases in Florida) enabled F-16s from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah, to fly a single mission incorporating both Archer live-fire air-to-air training and Hammer live-fire air-to-ground training. The first Hill F-16 flew the combined training sortie on Jan. 14, 2009. Here, a Hill F-16 receives fuel from a KC-135 out of MacDill AFB, Fla., as it swings from Tyndall and the Gulf of Mexico range to the Eglin range.
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