An F-35B student pilot needs seven flights for initial qualification and ten flight hours for Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization, or NATOPS, qualification. The first flight is basically takeoff and landing. The other flights cover basic formation flying, instrument flying, and combat formation flying. Photo by Liz Kaszynski
Taken from the Solo Türk, the F-16 solo aerobatics display team of the Turkish Air Force during a display in Girne, Kyrenia, Cyprus. While diving and turning, the pilot released flares, high-temperature heat sources used to mislead surface-to-air or air-to-air missile’s heat-seeking targeting systems, creating the pyrotechnic visual effect you can see behind the plane.