Real Masters of the Air! From a Thunderbirds flypast to a rescue mission in Turkey the US Air Force’s work in 2023 is revealed in series of incredible images

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The US Air Force Airman Magazine released the collection of photographs

Amazing images from 2023 showing a range of activities, from Thunderbirds’ flypasts to a humanitarian rescue mission in Turkey, have been released by the United States Air Force Airman Magazine. 

Other stunning photographs in the collection include special tactics Airmen with the 24th Special Operations Wing, Detachment 1, rendering medical aid to a simulated combat casualty in an arctic environment and Captain Chase Todd of the 40th Helicopter Squadron pilot holding his breath underwater during a training exercise. 

Impressive flight pictures include the Air Force ‘Thunderbirds’ demonstration squadron flying over Mount Rainier, Washington, and a cutting-edge F-35A Lightning II impressing crowds at an airshow.

Airman Magazine said: ‘Hand-selected by our staff, this year’s recap features our favorite photos from 2023.’

They added that the images featured ‘the people, equipment and technology of the United States Air Force’. 

Airman Magazine is the official magazine of the United States Air Force and reports on information and news about and of interest to Air Force members and their families.

Special tactics Airmen with the 24th Special Operations Wing, Detachment 1, render medical aid to a simulated combat casualty in an arctic environment as an Alaska Army National Guard HH-60M Black Hawk approaches during a training exercise at Camp Mad Bull, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on January 10, 2023

Urban search and rescue members from Fairfax County, Va., get comfortable on a C-17 Globemaster III at Dover Air Force Base, Del. prior to flying to Turkey, on February 7, 2023.

Urban search and rescue members from Fairfax County, Va., get comfortable on a C-17 Globemaster III at Dover Air Force Base, Del. prior to flying to Turkey, on February 7, 2023.

Capt. Chase Todd, 40th Helicopter Squadron pilot, holds his breath under water during underwater egress training in the base pool at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, on August 3, 2023

Capt. Chase Todd, 40th Helicopter Squadron pilot, holds his breath under water during underwater egress training in the base pool at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, on August 3, 2023

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron 'Thunderbirds' perform a flyover over Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT, Florida, on October 30, 2023

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron ‘Thunderbirds’ perform a flyover over Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT, Florida, on October 30, 2023

Staff Sgt. Cameron Cullen, a student with the 68th Rescue Squadron Formal Training Unit, jumps from a plane during the Combat Leader Course over Marana, Arizona, on August 14, 2023

Staff Sgt. Cameron Cullen, a student with the 68th Rescue Squadron Formal Training Unit, jumps from a plane during the Combat Leader Course over Marana, Arizona, on August 14, 2023

U.S. Air Force Capt. Aimee Fiedler, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team commander and pilot, mentally prepares for her flight back to Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., after F-AIR Colombia International Aeronautics and Space Fair at José María Córdova International Airport, Colombia, on July 17, 2023

U.S. Air Force Capt. Aimee Fiedler, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team commander and pilot, mentally prepares for her flight back to Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., after F-AIR Colombia International Aeronautics and Space Fair at José María Córdova International Airport, Colombia, on July 17, 2023

Airman 1st Class Kyle Datu and Staff Sgt. Matt Trevizo, 99th Civil Engineering Squadron fire protection specialists, extinguish a fire during an aircraft live fire training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on October 12, 2023

Airman 1st Class Kyle Datu and Staff Sgt. Matt Trevizo, 99th Civil Engineering Squadron fire protection specialists, extinguish a fire during an aircraft live fire training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on October 12, 2023

Koda, the new support dog for the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, poses during a photoshoot at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Missouri, on October 10, 2023

Koda, the new support dog for the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, poses during a photoshoot at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Missouri, on October 10, 2023

Special warfare candidates simulate a medical rescue mission in an austere location during Prolonged Resiliency Training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, on January 26, 2023

Special warfare candidates simulate a medical rescue mission in an austere location during Prolonged Resiliency Training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, on January 26, 2023

The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2023 graduates toss their hats into the sky as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron 'Thunderbirds' roar overhead at the Academy's Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on June 1, 2023

The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2023 graduates toss their hats into the sky as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron ‘Thunderbirds’ roar overhead at the Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on June 1, 2023

Airmen training with the 68th Rescue Squadron, rescue a simulated casualty from beneath a car at an undisclosed location in California, on September 17, 2023

Airmen training with the 68th Rescue Squadron, rescue a simulated casualty from beneath a car at an undisclosed location in California, on September 17, 2023

President Joe Biden meets service members after commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 during a remembrance ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on September 11, 2023

President Joe Biden meets service members after commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 during a remembrance ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on September 11, 2023

An F-35A Lightning II flown by Maj. Kristin Wolfe, 388th Fighter Wing F-35A Demonstration Team commander, performs a dedication pass during an airshow over Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, on September 8, 2023

An F-35A Lightning II flown by Maj. Kristin Wolfe, 388th Fighter Wing F-35A Demonstration Team commander, performs a dedication pass during an airshow over Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, on September 8, 2023

A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., undergoes maintenance at Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, on April 11, 2023

A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., undergoes maintenance at Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, on April 11, 2023

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle engine is tested in a full afterburner state at Kadena Air Base, Japan, on June 21, 2023

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle engine is tested in a full afterburner state at Kadena Air Base, Japan, on June 21, 2023

A B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flies behind a KC-135 Stratotanker from Scott AFB, Ill., during a commemorative flight marking the 100-year anniversary of air refueling over Missouri, on June 27, 2023

A B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flies behind a KC-135 Stratotanker from Scott AFB, Ill., during a commemorative flight marking the 100-year anniversary of air refueling over Missouri, on June 27, 2023

Instructor pilots with the 340th Flying Training Group, 39th Flying Training Squadron, and 559th FTS fly a T-6 Texan II four-ship formation over Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, on March 23, 2023

Instructor pilots with the 340th Flying Training Group, 39th Flying Training Squadron, and 559th FTS fly a T-6 Texan II four-ship formation over Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, on March 23, 2023

Tech. Sgt. Paul Wyckoff, 18th Combat Weather Squadron staff weather officer, walks through a cloud of smoke during exercise Thunder Challenge 2023 at Fort Liberty, N.C., on October 16, 2023

Tech. Sgt. Paul Wyckoff, 18th Combat Weather Squadron staff weather officer, walks through a cloud of smoke during exercise Thunder Challenge 2023 at Fort Liberty, N.C., on October 16, 2023

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