Hello everyone for another exciting adventure. This week I’m out here at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho covering the Indian Air Force’s workups for the Red Flag Exercise. For the first time every, the Indian Air Force is participating in the worlds elite aerial combat training exercise held annually at Nellis AFB, Nevada. 247 Indian men and women arrived at Mountain Home AFB with eight SU-30 MK-I aircraft, two IL-78 air refuellers and one IL-76 transport aircraft. By working closely with the 366th Fighter Wing, the “Gunfighters,” the IAF will help streamline the procedures and understand the new flying environment. They will also be taking advantage of Mountain Home’s vast air space and multiple ranges to better prepare their aircrews for future flying missions.
Today was my first day here on base, and as will any project, it involved a lot of visits to a lot of people to square away a lot of things. 🙂 I wont bore you with all of the details, but all I can say is that this will be a heck of a week!
So for today, I’ll just share with you a summary of my day through images.
I got a chance to go to the Indian Air Force’s base of Operations and observe how closely the USAF and IAF work together.
One of the best ways for the two forces to get to know each others procedures is to do a pilot exchange program. This lucky IAF SU-30 pilot is being suited up to go ride in an F-15 during the afternoon mission.
Capturing the professional in action. 🙂
And then it was off to Harness Training.
PLF! – Knees together, grab the releases, elbows in, chin against your chest….SLAM! A parachute landing is just like jumping off a 2 story building. Not too fun. And then for the actual landing….five points of contact; 1) the balls of your feet, 2) the calf muscle, 3) the thigh muscle, 4) the buttocks, and 5) side of back.
Then I went off base to take some pics of the planes returning from the Day Exercise.
I even saw my favorite jet; The 391st FS’s F-15E belonging to Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip, Commander of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern). I took a lot of amazing images of this very plane when I went to Chile.
And then it was the last landing of the evening, and time to go back to the hotel.