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September 21, 2007 —The Air Force unleashed a firepower demonstration last week at the Nevada Test and Training Range, showing the public—and assorted Capitol Hill staffers—the type of action rarely seen outside a war zone. For more than an hour, airmen on the ground and in the air went through combat scenarios. Fighter, bombers, gunships, and helicopters flew simulated combat sorties for 60 minutes, preceded by a two-hour video presentation in which the participating pilots explained their maneuvers. The event also showcased desert warfare simulations and a downed-pilot rescue. Below are some of the images (click on thumbnail to see larger version and caption) from that demonstration.