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FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Connor Yancy, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, right, poses for a photo during exercise Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) with an Israeli air force, middle, and an Italian air force F-35 Lightning II pilot at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 4, 2021. FS21 is an exercise designed to provide advanced and realistic aircrew training through fourth and fifth generation integration. Approximately 600 service members from the U.S., Israel, Italy and the United Kingdom are participating in FS21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron taxis off the flight line during Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) exercise at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 8, 2021. Six F-16C Fighting Falcons are participating in FS21 and are integrating with Israeli, United Kingdom, and Italian air force service members. FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.

Four U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron prepare to participate in Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 8, 2021. FS21 is a joint, multinational exercise designed to provide aircrew training through fourth and fifth generation integration. Aircraft participating include the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs and U.S. Marine Corps, Royal Air Force, Italian air force, and Israeli air force F-35B aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.

An Israeli air force F-35 Lighting II participating in Falcon Strike 21(FS21) lands at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 5, 2021. FS21 is a joint multinational exercise with participants from the United States, Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom, designed to provide aircrew training through fourth and fifth aircraft generation integration. Fifth generation capabilities include advanced stealth, improved electronic attack and electronic protection, and networked sensors for enhanced situational awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron taxis onto the flightline during Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 7, 2021. FS21 provides participants the opportunity to develop capabilities in planning and conducting complex air operations in a multinational, joint force environment, leading to an advanced level of training for all participants. Approximately 600 service members from the U.S., Israel, Italy and the United Kingdom are participating in FS21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.

Senior Airman Jon Harris, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, marshalls out a U.S. Air Force F-16 assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 7, 2021. Six F-16Cs assigned to the 555th FS are participating in Falcon Strike 21, an exercise aiming to conduct air operations in a dynamic and congested environment using airspace and training tools optimized for fourth and fifth generation aircraft requirements. Approximately 600 service members from the U.S., Israel, Italy and the United Kingdom are participating in FS21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.

U.S. Air Force Airmen and Italian air force pose for a photo in front of a U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, during Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 7, 2021. FS21 is an exercise designed to optimize integration between fourth and fifth Generation aircraft, increase the level of cooperation in the F-35 logistics and expeditionary field and strengthen interoperability of allied and partner air forces during joint operations and air defenses in order to maintain joint readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.

Italian air force Lt. Andrea Ciazza, 13th Group F-35 Lightning II crew chief, performs maintenance on a U.S. Air Force F-35 from the 4th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, during Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 7, 2021. FS21 is a joint, multinational exercise focused on the integration of the fourth and fifth generation aircraft with partner nations. Exercises like FS21 provide a venue to train with other nations, build readiness, practice interoperability, and enhance enduring relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.

Three U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, prepare to participate in Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 7, 2021. During exercise FS21, the U.S. will integrate with fighter aircraft from Israel, Italy and the United Kingdom. Fifth generation capabilities include advanced stealth, improved electronic attack and electronic protection, and networked sensors for enhanced situational awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brett Woodward, 4th Fighter Generation Squadron F-35 Lighting II crew chief, pulls chalks from a U.S. Air Force F-35 assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 8 2021. Four U.S. F-35s participated in Falcon Strike 21 which is a joint, multinational exercise designed to provide aircrew training through fourth and fifth generation integration. Aircraft participating include the U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft and U.S. Marine Corps, Royal Air Force, Italian air force, and Israeli air force F-35B aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Josue Ramirez, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, prepares to refuel an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron participating in Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 4, 2021. FS21 is hosted by Italy and provides multinational forces the opportunity to test and improve shared technical and tactical knowledge, while conducting complex air operations in a multinational, joint force environment. Six F-16C Fighting Falcons are participating in FS21 and are integrating with Israeli, United Kingdom, and Italian air force service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

FS21 is an exercise that optimizes the integration between fourth-generation and fifth-generation aircraft.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Derrick Powers, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aerospace propulsion journeyman, puts safety pins on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 8, 2021. Exercises like FS21 provide a venue to train with other nations, build readiness, practice interoperability, and enhance enduring relationships. The exercise is a multilateral military training exercise conducting air operations in a contested multinational force environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

AMENDOLA AIR BASE, Italy -- U.S. Air Force Capt. Connor Yancy, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, right, poses for a photo during exercise Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) with an Israeli air force, middle, and an Italian air force F-35 Lightning II pilot at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 4, 2021. FS21 is an exercise designed to provide advanced and realistic aircrew training through fourth and fifth generation integration. Approximately 600 service members from the U.S., Israel, Italy and the United Kingdom are participating in FS21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)