French Armée de l'Air has decided to name it's new operations over Iraq Shamal, after a northwest wind that blows over Iraq and Persian Gulf. Pictured Dassault Rafale B (B=Biplace - twin seat).
Two Japan Air Self Defense Force F-15 Eagles prepare to take off during RED FLAG-Alaska 14-2 June 16, 2014, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A is a realistic, 10-day air combat U. S. Air Force training exercise held annually at Eielson and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Turner/Released)
Three U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi during BALTOPS 14 at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. This is the first exercise to include a large amount of aircraft that will provide air-to-air and air-to-ground support. This training increases readiness for real-world operations with NATO allies and takes place from June 9-19, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)