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  • Astral Knight 2019: Maintainers sharpen F-35A

    Deployed maintainers of the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to contribute to exercise Astral Knight 2019 on the flightline of Aviano Air Base, Italy. Astral Knight 2019, a joint-multinational exercise led by U.S. Air Forces in Europe, aims to demonstrate the defense capabilities of the U.S. integrated air and missile defense system.
  • Exercise Astral Knight 2019 boasts multinational relations

    Senior leaders, Italian Air Force Maj. Gen. Silvano Frigerio, Combat Force Commander, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, U.S Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa deputy commander, Brig. Gen. Mato Mikic, Croatian Air Force commander, and Maj. Gen. Alenka Ermenc, Slovenia Air Force chief of the general staff, visited Aviano Air Base, Italy as part of Astral Knight 2019, June 4.
  • Astral Knight aircraft refuels over the Adriatic

    Two F-35 Lightning II aircraft fly in formation during an aerial refueling training mission, during Operation Astral Knight 19 over the Adriatic Sea, June 3, 2019. Astral Knight is a joint, multinational exercise taking place throughout various locations in Europe, with more than 900 Airmen participating in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by
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