## Cactus Starfighter, December 15, 2010 |

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* at L:uke Air Force Base sent an unusually large number of its General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons aloft at the same time for the *Cactus Starfighter* training exercise. A Boeing KC-135R of the 97th Air Mobility Wing based at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma and four McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle aggressors of the 57th Wing based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada staged out of Luke in support of the operation. Marine Corps Northrop F-5E Tiger aggressors from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, a Boeing E-8 joint surveillance target attack radar system aircraft from Warner Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, a Boeing E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and a Boeing RC-135 Stratotanker rivet joint aircraft from Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska also participated in the exercise.

F-16D Block 42J 90-0762 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* taking off from Runway 21 Left.

McDonnell-Douglas F-15C-22 Eagle 78-0504 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron based at Nellis Air Force Base taking off from Runway 21 Left.

McDonnell-Douglas F-15C-22 Eagle 78-0511 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron based at Nellis Air Force Base taking off from Runway 21 Left.

McDonnell-Douglas F-15C-22 Eagle 78-0518 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron based at Nellis Air Force Base taking off from Runway 21 Left.

McDonnell-Douglas F-15C-21 Eagle 78-0480 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron based at Nellis Air Force Base taking off from Runway 21 Left.

F-16C Block 40D 88-0508 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* taking off from Runway 21 Left.

F-16D Block 42G 89-2179 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Right.

F-16D Block 42G 88-0505 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Right.

F-15C-22 78-0518 and F-15C-21 78-0480 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron entering the pattern for Runway 3 Right.

F-15C-22 78-0518 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron landing on Runway 3 Right.

F-15C-22 78-0518 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron landing on Runway 3 Right.

F-15C-21 78-0480 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron landing on Runway 3 Right.

F-15C-21 78-0480 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron landing on Runway 3 Right.

F-16s of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* entering the pattern for Runway 3 Right.

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 59-1501 of the 97th Air Mobility Wing based at Altus AFB landing on Runway 3 Right.

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 59-1501 of the 97th Air Mobility Wing based at Altus Air Force Base landing on Runway 3 Right.

F-16C Block 42H 90-0705 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42J 90-0752 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42J 90-0765 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42J 90-0762 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-15C-22 78-0511 and 78-0504 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron entering the pattern for Runway 3 Right.

F-16D Block 42E 89-2159 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42J 90-0757 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16D Block 42F 89-2164 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42D 88-0508 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16D Block 42H 90-0787 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42J 90-0768 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-15C-22 78-0504 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron landing on Runway 3 Right.

F-15C-22 78-0511 of the 65th Aggressor Squadron landing on Runway 3 Right.

F-16D Block 42A 88-0162 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42J 90-0760 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42C 90-0493 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42F 89-2097 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16D Block 42H 90-0787 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42J 90-0768 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

F-16C Block 42J 90-0768 of the 310th Fighter Squadron *Top Hats* landing on Runway 3 Left.

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