Legacy aircraft and fifth generation stealth jets trained together during Checkered Flag 16-1 exercise

F-35s, F-22s and F-16s increasingly working together.

Taken on Dec. 17, 2015, the photos in this post show several kinds of aircraft parked on the Tyndall Air Force Base flightline. Captured during Checkered Flag 16-1 exercise, the images feature in fact an F-22 Raptor and a T-38 Talon from Tyndall AFB, Fla, F-16 Fighting Falcons from Shaw AFB, S.C. and Eielson AFB, Alaska and an F-35 Lightning II from Eglin AFB, Fla parked side-by-side. Checkered Flag (whose origins date ...

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