Senior Airman Jeremy McKague stands by to pull chocks after an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilot performs a preflight inspection before a training and testing mission June 20, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The aircraft is still in the testing phase and will be used by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, along with international partners such as the United Kingdom. McKague is an aircraft armament systems journeyman assigned to the 33rd Maintenance Group.
A 493rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew, hand carry an AIM-9 munition during the Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Load Crew of the Quarter competition Oct. 10, 2013. The competition featured the best load crew teams from the 492nd, 493rd and 494th AMUs. The winner was determined by the fastest time loading munitions with the least amount of errors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dana J. Butler/Released)
A weapons load crew from the 333rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit attempt to load an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile onto an F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Aug. 2, 2012. The aircraft was mocked up in full battle ensemble to honor Dyrk Burcie, a 4-year-old child living with terminal stage-four pediatric liver cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson)