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A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron scans the horizon during a training mission off the coast of Virginia, July 26, 2017. Flight engineers are responsible for watching the approach and relaying the approximate distance between his aircraft and the carrier to the pilots, ensuring a safe landing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Ospreys land on USS Oak Hill
Aircrews with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct deck landing qualifications on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). The 8th SOS conducts deck landings four to six times a year to ensure aircrews are qualified, current and ready to conduct global operations any time, any place.
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2017
A special missions aviator with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, scans the horizon from a CV-22 Osprey over Northwest Florida, April 3, 2017. The aircrew visited Duke Field to utilize a Landing Helicopter Deck as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th SOS and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Ospreys land at Duke Field's LHD for first time
A CV-22 Osprey landed on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, for the first time April 3. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and the 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel
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A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron flies over the Gulf of Mexico during a training mission, Nov. 30, 2016. The Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, landing and hover capabilities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficient and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Hurlburt CV-22 Ospreys conduct water training
Aircrew with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conducted a training mission on a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during a flight over Northwest Florida, Nov. 30, 2016. Air Commandos conduct water training as a way to transform training and ensure readiness for global special operations. The Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, landing and hover
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2016
Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct pre-flight inspections of a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 18, 2016. Pre-flight inspections are done to check for any issues that may interfere with the flight mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) KC-10 Extender refuels CV-22 Ospreys
Two CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct an air-refueling mission with a KC-10 Extender from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., over the Gulf of Mexico, Nov. 18, 2016. The air-refuel mission marked the first time an 8th SOS aircraft has connected to a KC-10. The KC-10 is an Air Mobility Command
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2016
Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission in a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. Aircrew with the 8th SOS conduct routine training flights to ensure their readiness to execute global special operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Osprey flight engineers ensure readiness
Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission on a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during a flight over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. The CV-22 combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a
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