A Training Readiness Mission at the Al Sahra Air Base

A key element of the transition in Iraq is training Iraqis for the missions they will need to fulfill in providing for internal security and self defense.  This slide show focuses upon USAF and Iraqi training to build up Iraqi AF capabilities.

Credit: Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq, Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, March 15th, 2010

  • The first photo shows a U.S. Air Force instructor pilot assigned to the 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron walking by Iraqi Air Force T-6A training aircraft prior to a training readiness mission at the Al Sahra Air Base on Contingency Operating Base Speicher near Tikrit, Iraq, March 15. The 52nd EFTS has started teaching an 18 month advanced skills program to Iraqi air force pilots.
  • The second photo shows U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Myer, operations officer and instructor pilot with the 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron conducting a preflight inspection of an Iraqi Air Force T-6A aircraft.
  • The third photo shows a ground support specialist of the Vertex Aerospace Corp assigned to the U.S. Air Force 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron directing a pilot maneuvering an Iraqi air force T-6A aircraft for taxi to the runway at the Al Sahra Air Base on Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq.
  • The fourth photo shows an Iraqi air force T-6A training aircraft flown by an Instructor Pilot of the U.S. Air Force 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron taxiing to the runway at the Al Sahra Air Base on Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq.
  • The fifth photo shows U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Myer, operations officer and instructor pilot with the 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron conducting a preflight inspection of an Iraqi Air Force T-6A aircraft prior to a training readiness mission.
  • The sixth photo shows an Iraqi air force T-6A training aircraft flown by an Instructor Pilot of the U.S. Air Force 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron taxiing off the runway at the Al Sahra Air Base on Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq.
  • The seventh photo pictures a ground support specialist of the Vertex Aerospace Corp assigned to the U.S. Air Force 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron directing a pilot maneuvering an Iraqi air force T-6A aircraft for taxi to the runway.
  • The eighth photo shows an Iraqi air force T-6A training aircraft flown by an Instructor Pilot of the U.S. Air Force 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron taxiing to the runway.
  • The ninth photo shows an Iraqi air force T-6A training aircraft flown by an Instructor Pilot of the U.S. Air Force 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron taxiing to the runway.
  • The final photo shows maintenance and ground support specialists of the Vertex Aerospace Corp. installing pilot survival gear under the ejection seat of an Iraqi air force T-6A training aircraft.


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***Posted on May 21st, 2010

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