Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing, exchange hand signals prior to departure from Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 21, 2017. U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers, assigned to the “Garudas” Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, and 35th FW F-16s joined forces to provide more realistic training for both sets of pilots. Typically, F-16 pilots train with simulated assets, which can mask communication and tactical problems that may arise when engaging in a real-world scenario. Training with tangible Growlers allows F-16 pilots to identify and overcome issues that theoretical assets cannot simulate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)
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