Preparation is key, and when it comes to aerial combat, preparation is taken to the next level.
The F-16 Falcon is currently the second most common operational military aircraft in the world, and it has been procured to serve in the air forces of 25 other nations.
Nowadays, preparations of F-16 pilots, and other fighter aircraft pilots, were heavily influenced by experiences in the Vietnam War that revealed the need for better air-to-air training for fighter pilots.
In this video, pilots and aircrew members of the Ohio Air National Guard, 180th Fighter Wing, prepare for F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet flight operations.
Footage is from Toledo Air National Guard Base in Ohio and includes shots of pilot briefing, pilot suit-up, ground crew maintenance and munitions activity, pilot pre-flight prep, F-16 jet takeoffs and cockpit video.
In addition of being the Ohio Air National Guard, the 180th Fighter Wing is gained by the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command when activated to federal service.