2021 Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

Think of the 168th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) of the 168th Wing of the Alaska Air National Guard (AKANG) as the last gas station of the last frontier. With a fleet of nine KC-135R Stratotankers, the 168th ARS serves not only the guard units but also the active-duty Air Force units as well as any allied nation’s units as they transit to and from the Indo-Pacific and Arctic regions.

2020 Aloha, USA

Imagine a couple of F/A-18 Hornets flying in close formation, with afterburners screaming through a valley, vapor forming over the wings and fuselage, dispensing flares, with snow-capped rugged mountain in the background. That is one image that was etched in my memory for a long long time – after seeing it for the first time on an online watering hole for aviation photographers called Fencecheck.com. I never imagined myself traveling internationally to air shows around the world, but I had put that on my bucket list anyways.

2019 Exercise Northern Lightning, USA

The goal of the US Air Force is to have an effective fighting force of 5th generation stealthy, hyper-situaion-aware, and data-linked fighters. With the strength of the F-22 Raptors as it stands today, and delays in the F-35 Lightning II program, and given the taskings of the various deployments going on world-wide, the US Air Force is forced to come up with a synergistic approach between the 4th and the 5th generation fighers it wields today.

2016 Cope North Exercise(Guam), Asia

Guam, a name that symbolises World War Two and the Pacific conflict in modern history, which reverberated to the sounds of heavy bombers again the 1960’s and 70’s, with the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress launches towards Vietnam, is now a modern vibrant holiday destination where east and west collide, not surprising when you consider the islands location in the middle of the Pacific.