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F-18 Afterburners At RIAT 2018

A pilot from the Swiss Air Force demonstrates the flight capabilities of a F/A-18C Hornet during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom on July 13, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the United States’ ever-strong alliance with the UK. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Brian Kimball)

A pilot from the Swiss Air Force demonstrates the flight capabilities of a F/A-18C Hornet during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom on July 13, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the United States’ ever-strong alliance with the UK. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Brian Kimball)

A pilot from the Swiss Air Force demonstrates the flight capabilities of a F/A-18C Hornet during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom on July 13, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the United States’ ever-strong alliance with the UK. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Brian Kimball)

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F-35 Lightning II with WWII-era Mustang & Spitfire

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, P-51D Mustang and VS Spitfire perform a USAF heritage flight during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom (UK) on July 14, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the United States’ ever-strong alliance with the UK. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Brian Kimball)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, P-51D Mustang and VS Spitfire perform a USAF heritage flight during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom (UK) on July 14, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the United States’ ever-strong alliance with the UK. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Brian Kimball)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, P-51D Mustang and VS Spitfire perform a USAF heritage flight during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom (UK) on July 14, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the United States’ ever-strong alliance with the UK. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Brian Kimball)

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B-52’s Ancient Cockpit

Pilots from the 343rd Bomb Squadron run through their checks in the cockpit of a B-52 Stratofortress at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 1, 2017. The mission was part of Exercise Ample Strike, a Czech Republic-led live exercise that offers advance Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. The exercise also gives U.S. forces an opportunity to train with their NATO partners while also utilizing the total force integration model in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/ released)

Pilots from the 343rd Bomb Squadron run through their checks in the cockpit of a B-52 Stratofortress at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 1, 2017. The mission was part of Exercise Ample Strike, a Czech Republic-led live exercise that offers advance Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. The exercise also gives U.S. forces an opportunity to train with their NATO partners while also utilizing the total force integration model in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/ released)

Pilots from the 343rd Bomb Squadron run through their checks in the cockpit of a B-52 Stratofortress at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 1, 2017. The mission was part of Exercise Ample Strike, a Czech Republic-led live exercise that offers advance Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. The exercise also gives U.S. forces an opportunity to train with their NATO partners while also utilizing the total force integration model in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/ released)