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Exercise Vigilant Eagle 2011

A Russian Federation air force A-50 airborne warning and control aircraft taxis past the Russian-based “track-of-interest” before take-off on the second day of flying for Exercise Vigilant Eagle. On the first day, an aircraft simulating a hijacked airliner flew from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, and flew toward Russia. On Aug. 9, the simulated airliner flew from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.



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This work, Exercise Vigilant Eagle 2011 [Image 4 of 10], by TSgt Thomas Doscher, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:08.09.2011

Date Posted:08.10.2011 17:10

Photo ID:441313

VIRIN:110809-F-YX459-019

Resolution:4288x2848

Size:3.05 MB

Location:AL, US

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