The set-up in August was like thousands of others practiced in the skies of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC), an unpopulated US military training area roughly the size Uruguay. Two Lockheed Martin F-16s paired with two F-22s in an air-to-air scenario against four aggressors, which also happened to be F-16s. The “blue air” team, which included both F-22s, dominated as expected, but an aggressor F-16 managed to pick off an F-22 in one engagement. Training mission: accomplished.
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