There’s nothing quite so awe-inspiring as watching a fighter jet streak across the sky, a plume of exhaust the only sign of its passing. Part of the might and power of the U.S. Air Force is in its mastery up high, using aircraft to navigate the skies, support ground forces, and even take part in rescue missions.
The Air Force’s Flickr account helps show their core values of “Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do” to civilians and airmen alike through strong and stirring imagery. Take a look at these 12 powerful photos from the U.S. Air Force.
12. Honor Guard
This U.S. Air Force honor guardsman holds a flag saluting those servicemen who have gone missing in action or became prisoners of war. The guardsman is holding the flag during a funeral service for Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr., who went missing Dec. 13, 1968 during the Vietnam War.
11. Play Time
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Keith Baxter has some fun with the village children in Kvoshab, located near the Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.
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