by SrA Maeson Elleman

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle awaits emergency response during a hung munitions exercise as part of a mission focused exercise on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 21, 2014. Eagles are highly maneuverable, twin-engine fighter jets designed to aid the Air Force in achieving air dominance against an enemy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


I set out one day to grab a few photos of Airmen on the flightline working past sunset. I didn't realize how dark it would actually be, though. Where I was waiting, there wasn't a single light other than the couple of flashlights the Airmen were using. What's more, the Airmen were responding to a simulated hung gun during an exercise. Airmen on the flightline don't get enough credit for the conditions they endure; they weather extreme heat, pouring rain, and even pitch black conditions.