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A fully-loaded C-47 Skytrain aircraft is poised on the flight line prior to takeoff on a night flare drop mission. Members of the Vietnamese air force (VNAF), 33rd Tactical Wing, work side by side with U.S. Air Force Advisory Team-1 (AFAT) personnel to provide flarelight for allied ground security forces and Air Force air-to-ground tactical air support operations

U.S. Air Force MAJ. GEN. Alexander P. MacDonald, sits in the front seat of a North Dakota Air National Guard F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft on the flight line at Hector International Field, North Dakota. The identity of the person in the back seat is unknown. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Fuel SPECIALIST assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, refuel a F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft on the flight line at Hector International Field, North Dakota. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

TECH. SGT. Gerald Hansen Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M....A left rear view of an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter parked on the flight line. OFFICIAL U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO (RELEASED)

Ex-POW and unidentified U.S. Air Force COL expresses his gratitude to the crowd of well wishers at the flight line microphones. In the background are LGEN William G. Moore Jr., and the Clark AB Honor Guard

Former POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Darrel Edwin Pyle, wife Karen, son and an escort look over the giant C-5 Galaxy aircraft on the flight line. CPT Pyle was captured on 13 Jun 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

U.S. Air Force ex-POWs, CPT Edward J. Mechenbier, (Captured 14 Jun 67) and CPT Kevin J. McManus (Captured 14 Jun 67) salute the Honor Guard colors on the flight line prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. Both men were released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force COL James Helms Kasler (Captured 8 Aug 66) stands at the flight line microphones and thanks the people of Clark and the Press for their hospitality. Standing behind is13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr. To the left rear is COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hosptial and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center. COL Kasler was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Robert Archie Abbott (Captured 30 Apr 67) says farewell to a group of well wishers and friends who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for United States. CPT Abbott was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force COL James Helms Kasler (Captured 8 Aug 66) stands at the flight line microphones, after getting off the bus in the background. He thanked the people of Clark and the press for their hospitality, during the POWS short stay at Clark, before returning to the United States. COL Kasler was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, stand on the flight line at Hector Field, North Dakota. From left to right, COL. Alexander P. Macdonald, Brig. GEN. Thornton E."BECK"Becklund, and Allan Eide (rank unknown at the time). MAJ. GEN. Alexander P. Macdonald eventually became the North Dakota Adjutant General. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

A view of a pre-production U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, as it sits on the flight line in front of a hangar. The aircraft is here for European tests and evaluations

A U.S. Air Force F-4D Phantom II aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, takes off from the flight line at Hector International Field, in Fargo, N.D. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by TECH. SGT. David H. Lipp, 119th Communications Flight) (Released)

A morning view of the flight line framed by a plant and a close-up UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during exercise Purple Duck, a deployment from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to Kwang Ju Air Base for joint operation readiness maneuvers with Korean troopers

C-130 Hercules aircraft parked on the flight line during exercise Purple Duck, a deployment from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to Kwang Ju Air Base for joint operation readiness maneuvers with Korean troopers

A view of a Japanese Air SelF Defense Force F-104 Starfighter aircraft and USAF F-4J Phantom aircraft on the flight line, during Exercise Cope North '81-3

A right front view of F-15 Eagle aircraft assigned to the 7th and 8th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, parked on the flight line

Members of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force and United States Air Force who participated in training exercise Cope North '83-1 pose for a group photo on the flight line. The aircraft parked on the runway behind them (from left to right) are an F-104 Starfighter, an F-4 Phantom II and an F-15 Eagle

Sergeant Nathan Horne seals the entrance to a plastic dome used by weapons loaders of the 343rd Aircraft Generation Squadron to protect themselves from the extreme cold while they work on the flight line

A US Navy (USN) Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King Helicopter sits on the flight line as a ground crewman signals to the pilot for take off during a Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). A US Air Force (USAF) General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is seen on landing approach in the background

Artwork: "Phantom on the Flight Line" Artist: Warren Lee, USAF Art Collection

SENIOR AIRMAN Eric Palmer South Korea....A plane director guides C-130 Hercules aircraft to parking spaces on the flight line at Yeo Ju airstrip, where Korean Marines will be offloaded during the joint U.S./South Korean exercise Team Spirit '84. OFFICIAL U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO (RELEASED)AVAILABLE ON CD

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, examine their flight logbook in front of a F-4D Phantom II aircraft on the flight line at Hector International Field, in Fargo, N.D. Pictured left to right: TECH. SGT. James E. Clemenson; 2nd LT. James Thompson; and CAPT. Michael J. Haugen. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

A view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, front, and a Marine EA-6B Prowler aircraft, parked on the flight line during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84

A view of an F-5E Tiger II aircraft from the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, front, and an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, parked on the flight line during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84

A view of a Philippines Air Force F-5E Tiger II aircraft, left front, a USAF T-33 Shooting Star aircraft, left rear, a USAF F-5E Tiger II aircraft, right front, and a USAF F-4 Phantom II aircraft parked on the flight line during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84

Participates of Exercise COPE THUNDER '84, including the Royal Thai and Philippines Air Forces, stand by their respective aircraft on the flight line at the conclusion of the exercise

A ground crewman drives a bomb loader toward F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft on the flight line as preparations are made for a live fire exercise during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84. The F-16 aircraft are assigned to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing

A view of an F-5E Tiger II aircraft, front, and an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, parked on the flight line during Exercise COPE THUNDER '84

Participates of Exercise COPE THUNDER '84, including the Royal Thai and Philippines Air Forces, stand in front of a formation of various aircraft on the flight line at the conclusion of the exercise

Members of the 343rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron carry their survival gear to the flight line during a mobility exercise

Preceded by a joint services color guard and members of the clergy, a joint services casket team carries the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era past a joint services honor cordon during the arrival ceremony on the flight line. The Unknown was brought from Travis Air Force Base, California, to Andrews aboard the C-141B Starlifter aircraft in the background

An elevated left side view of a T-33 Shooting Star aircraft from the 49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron being refueled from a tanker truck on the flight line

An elevated left side view of a T-33 Shooting Star aircraft from the 49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron being refueled from a tanker truck on the flight line

An aerial view of the base with RF-4C Phantom II and RF-8G Crusader aircraft on the flight line during Exercise PHOTO FINISH '81

An aerial view of the base with RF-4C Phantom II and RF-8G Crusader aircraft on the flight line during Exercise PHOTO FINISH '81

An aerial view of Air National Guard RF-4C Phantom II aircraft on the flight line during Exercise PHOTO FINISH '81. Also visible is an RF-8G Crusader photo reconnaissance aircraft, front row, fourth from left, and a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, left

An aerial view of Air National Guard RF-4C Phantom II aircraft on the flight line during Exercise PHOTO FINISH '81. The two gray aircraft on the left are Navy RF-8G Crusader photo reconnaissance aircraft, and visible in the background is a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter

An aerial view of Air National Guard RF-4C Phantom II aircraft on the flight line during Exercise PHOTO FINISH '81. Also visible is an RF-8G Crusader photo reconnaissance aircraft, front row, fourth from left, and a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, left

An aerial view of Air National Guard RF-4C Phantom II aircraft on the flight line during Exercise PHOTO FINISH '81. Also visible is an RF-8G Crusader photo reconnaissance aircraft, back row, fourth from right, and two UH-1 Iroquois helicopters, right

Ground support equipment in the flight line storage area

The flight line storage area

Snow falls on F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadorn sitting on the flight line. The 13th is part of the 432nd Tactical Fighter Wing that was activated in 1984

A USAF ground crewman deices the wing of a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft on a snow covered Rhein Main Air Base, Germany flight line ramp. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A USAF ground crewman deices the wing of a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft on a snow covered Rhein Main Air Base, Germany flight line ramp. Exact Date Shot Unknown

The crew of a U.S. Air Force F-111 aircraft conducts a check of their aircraft on the flight line. The aircraft is assigned to the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, which is based in England

A right side view of a U.S. Air Force F-111 aircraft parked on the flight line. The aircraft is assigned to the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, which is based in England

Three quarter front view of a Northrop built P-61 "Black Widow" pursuit aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter rear view of a Republic built P-47 "Thunderbolt" pursuit aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter rear view of a North American built B-25 "Mitchell" bomber aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter front view of a North American built P-51 "Mustang" pursuit aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Left side view of a Douglas built SBD "Dauntless" aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter rear view of a North American built P-51 "Mustang" pursuit aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Left side view of a North American built P-51 "Mustang" pursuit aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter rear view of a Japanese, Mitsubishi A6M5 "Zero" fighter on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter front view of a North American built P-51 "Mustang" pursuit aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter rear view of a Vought built F4U "Corsair" fighter aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter rear view of a North American built SNJ "Texan" aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter front view of a Bell built P-63 "Kingcobra" pursuit aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter front view of a Curtiss built P-40 "Warhawk" aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Left side view of a Douglas built SBD "Dauntless" aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter rear view of a North American built P-51 "Mustang" pursuit aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter front view of a North American built SNJ "Texan" aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Three quarter rear view of a Bell built P-39 "Kingcobra" pursuit aircraft, painted olive drab with large red star on fuselage, on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Left side view of a Grumman built F6F "Hellcat" fighter aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Left side view of a German Messerschmidt built ME-108 "Taifun" bomber aircraft on the flight line at McCarren Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada during the USAF Gathering of Eagles convention. Exact Date Shot Unknown

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 343rd Tactical Fighter Wing is silhouetted by the sun as it stands parked on an icy flight line at sunrise during exercise Brim Frost '87

A security policeman and his dog check a West German Tornado aircraft parked on the flight line before the start of the change of command ceremony for GEN. Charles L. Donnelly Jr., departing commander-in-chief, U.S. Air Force Europe, and Allied Air Forces Central Europe. Donnelly is being replaced by GEN. William L. Kirk, former commander, 9th Air Force

Simulated casualties are treated on the flight line during the National Disaster Medical System exercise

Simulated casualties are treated on the flight line during the National Disaster Medical System exercise

Simulated casualties are removed from a C-130 Hercules aircraft and placed into ambulances on the flight line during the National Disaster Medical System exercise

Simulated casualties are removed from a C-130 Hercules aircraft and treated on the flight line during the National Disaster Medical System exercise

Simulated casualties are treated on the flight line during the National Disaster Medical System exercise

Simulated casualties are removed from a C-130 Hercules aircraft on the flight line during the National Disaster Medical System exercise

Simulated casualties are removed from ambulances on the flight line during the National Disaster Medical System exercise

Ground crewmen service 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-4G Wild Weasel Phantom II aircraft on the flight line during Exercise SOLID SHIELD'87

A member of the 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron signals instructions to the pilot of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft taxiing along the flight line. The aircraft is among 24 F-16s and 400 Air Force personnel that are departing for Ramstein Air Base, West

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Mack Butler, 33rd Aviation Maintenance Unit, wears a shirt on his head to combat the heat as he works on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint C

Two E3-A Sentry aircraft from the 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Squadron rest on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort to evaluate procedu

Brigadier General (BGEN) Robert C. Beyer, commander of US Central Command/Forward Headquarters, converses with Jordanian pilots on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joi

Members of the 33rd Aviation Maintenance Unit pose for a photograph following a foreign object damage (FOD) walk-down on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs

Sergeant (SGT) Patrick C. Castle, 363rd Security Police Squadron, places lane markers as he sets up an entry control point on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Ch

A flight line crewman communicates with the pilot of a 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort to evalu

Major (MAJ) Joanne M. Rodrefer, maintenance officer, 33rd Aviation Maintenance Unit, reviews an engine change operation on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint CHIEF

Members of the US military walk toward F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft parked on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort to evaluate procedures use

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Mack Butler, 33rd Aviation Maintenance Unit, wears a shirt on his head to combat the heat as he works on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint C

Members of the 33rd Aviation Maintenance Unit take part in a foreign object damage (FOD) walk-down on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort to

Members of the crash rescue team and the fire rescue team enjoy a cup of coffee before moving out to the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF effort to e

Sergeant (SGT) Patrick C. Castle, 363rd Security Police Squadron, carries a lane marker as he sets up an entry control point on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint

A 33rd Tactical Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft taxis on the runway as another F-16 stands by on the flight line during Exercise SHADOW HAWK'87, a phase of BRIGHT STAR'87. The US Central Command exercise represents a Joint Chiefs of STAFF

F-4 Phantom II aircraft of the 70th Tactical Fighter Squadron are parked on the flight line during Exercise COPPER FLAG, one of the final missions to be flown by phantoms assigned to the squadron

F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 17th Tactical Fighter Squadron are serviced on the flight line during Exercise CORONET WARRIOR II

Pallets of supplies sit on the flight line after being offloaded from a 95th Tactical Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules aircraft. The squadron is delivering supplies to missions in the Caribbean and South America

A front view of an F-4D Phantom II aircraft of the 42nd Tactical Fighter Group taxiing on the flight line during the reserve training Exercise PATRIOT PEARL. The exercise is a combined air operation of short duration designed to make maximum use of limited training

A 60th Military Airlift Wing C-5B Galaxy aircraft carrying a Cardwell-500 drilling rig takes off from the flight line on its trip to the Soviet Union. The rig will be flown to Semipalatinsk, USSR, where it will be used to drill a satellite hole that will

Visitors gather on the flight line to see the B-1B and other aircraft on display during an open house

An A-7D Corsair II aircraft from the 124th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Iowa Air National Guard, rests on the flight line during preparations for deployment to Yokota Air Base, Japan, to participate in Exercise COPE NORTH

Night view as a U.S. Air Force RF-4C Phantom aircraft and crew on the flight line ramp after a competition mission during Reconnaissance Air Meet 88, a multi-national competition of military aerial reconnaissance teams at Bergstrom Air Force Base. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Members of the 834th Security Police Squadron form up on the flight line prior to dismissal. Forty-four security police were sent to Howard Air Base, Panama, in April to provide additional security for threatened US personnel in the country

Various aircraft are parked on the flight line during the opening ceremony for Reconnaissance Air Meet"88. The international competition is being hosted by the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Bergstrom Air Force Base