USAF, ROKAF, ANG take to skies over Korea

The Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force's 8th FW and Republic of Korea Air Force's 38th Fighter Group took to the skies together Oct. 30, 2017 to demonstrate their ability to Fight Tonight in the skies above the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing and Republic of Korea Air Force pilots assigned to the 38th Fighter Group in a fingertip formation during a “Friendship Flight” mission in the airspace around Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 30, 2017. This type of mission, among other training sorties, allows pilots to communicate and hone skills necessary to carry out combined missions as a cohesive component. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin)

Col. David G. Shoemaker, “Wolf”, 8th Fighter Wing commander, reviews mission plans with U.S. Air Force and Republic of Korea Air Force pilots during the “Friendship Flight” mission pre-flight brief at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 30, 2017. The “Friendship Flight” continued a long history of various joint training missions focused on strengthening partnerships and capabilities between the two nations, ensuring combined combat readiness on the Korean Peninsula.

Col. David G. Shoemaker, “Wolf”, 8th Fighter Wing commander, reviews mission plans with U.S. Air Force and Republic of Korea Air Force pilots during the “Friendship Flight” mission pre-flight brief at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 30, 2017. The “Friendship Flight” continued a long history of various joint training missions focused on strengthening partnerships and capabilities between the two nations, ensuring combined combat readiness on the Korean Peninsula. (Republic of Korea Air Force courtesy photo by Master Sgt. Jung Houn Kim)

The Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force's 8th FW and Republic of Korea Air Force's 38th Fighter Group took to the skies together Oct. 30, 2017 to demonstrate their ability to Fight Tonight in the skies above the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing and 115th Fighter Wing with Republic of Korea Air Force pilots assigned to the 38th Fighter Group wait to takeoff at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 30, 2017. The pilots carried out a “Friendship Flight” mission, continuing a long partnership of mutually strengthening cross-cultural communications and mission capabilities, ultimately enabling a better posture to execute the combat mission of “Take the Fight North” if called upon to do so. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Taylor)

The Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force's 8th FW and Republic of Korea Air Force's 38th Fighter Group took to the skies together Oct. 30, 2017 to demonstrate their ability to Fight Tonight in the skies above the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing and 176th Fighter Squadron as well as Republic of Korea Air Force pilots assigned to the 38th Fighter Group wait to takeoff at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 30, 2017. The pilots carried out a “Friendship Flight” mission, allowing them to strengthen cross-cultural communication and mission capabilities, ultimately enabling them to better prepare to execute the combat mission of “Take the Fight North” if called upon to do so. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Christopher Mesnard)

The Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force's 8th FW and Republic of Korea Air Force's 38th Fighter Group took to the skies together Oct. 30, 2017 to demonstrate their ability to Fight Tonight in the skies above the Korean Peninsula.

Lt. Col. Kurt Distelzweig, 35th Fighter Squadron commander, breaks left for his initial approach to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea with Lt. Col. William Lutmer, 80th Fighter Squadron commander after finishing a fingertip formation flight, Oct. 30, 2017. This mission included the U.S. Air Force's 8th Fighter Wing and 115th Fighter Wing as well as the Republic of Korea Air Force's 38th Fighter Group, enabling pilots to communicate and hone skills necessary to carry out combined missions as a cohesive component. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --