For about a year new, Air Force and Navy pilots have been working together in air Combat training at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Washington.
For about a year new, Air Force and Navy pilots have been working together in air Combat training at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Washington. During a week-long competition, the pilots live together, talk pilot talk, and participate in dogfights against each other to gain experience they can't get flying against their own type aircraft.
Air force F-106 Delta Darts and Navy F-4 Phantoms take turns at being the aggressor and the defending force. Each has a chance to fly against unfamiliar aircraft and different techniques.
The Air force uses F-106s for sir defense. The competition prepares them for situations like the Pueblo crisis, when the Delta Darts were sent to Korea. The Navy, in turn has an opportunity to sharpen its fleet defense tactics for use against highly maneuverable attack aircraft.
The competition in the mock battles is as keen and professional as it would be in a real combat situation. This Air Combat Training gives Air force and Navy pilots a chance to engage in dogfights with the best competition in the world.