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EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy F/A-18 tail flashes from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) are showcased on the flightline here during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy F/A-18 tail flashes from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) are showcased on the flightline here during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy F/A-18 aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) taxi for take off through the snow and fog during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy F/A-18 aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) taxi for take off through the snow and fog during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy crew members from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) ready an F/A-18 prior to a mission during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy crew members from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) ready an F/A-18 prior to a mission during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy F/A-18 aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) are showcased on the flightline here during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy F/A-18 aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) are showcased on the flightline here during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy crew members from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) salute an F/A-18 pilot prior to a mission during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Navy crew members from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) salute an F/A-18 pilot prior to a mission during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A Navy F/A-18 from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) taxis on the flightline prior to a mission during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A Navy F/A-18 from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) taxis on the flightline prior to a mission during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A Navy F/A-18  from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) takes off through the snow and fog during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A Navy F/A-18 from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) takes off through the snow and fog during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A Navy F/A-18  from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) takes off through the snow and fog during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A Navy F/A-18 from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) takes off through the snow and fog during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A Navy F/A-18  from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) takes off through the snow and fog during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A Navy F/A-18 from Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87) takes off through the snow and fog during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 here on April 12. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. It is conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex with air operations flown out of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)