• F-16s take off above snowy mountains

    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, takes off at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 30, 2021. The F-16 is a compact, maneuverable multi-role fighter aircraft and can reach speeds of 1,500 mph. The 31st Fighter Wing boasts a diverse combat mission set including the

  • 31 FW, 48 FW conduct live fire air-to-air training employment

    For the first time in 14 years, the 31st Fighter Wing had the opportunity to conduct F-16C Fighting Falcon air-to-air live fire training employment within the United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa (USAFE) area of responsibility, July 9-16, 2021.

  • A 555th AMU female crew chief wears title with pride

    To be a crew chief requires an individual to be resilient and ready for anything thrown their way. Crew chiefs work tireless hours in the blazing sun, pouring rain, or numbing cold to get their aircraft in the air and complete the mission.

  • Thracian Star 21; Bulgarian and U.S. Air Force strengthen interoperability

    A weapons load crew member assigned to the 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepares to load a munition onto a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Bulgarian air force-led exercise Thracian Star 21 at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, July 12, 2021. Exercises such as Thracian Star 21

  • 555th FS F-16s arrive in Bulgaria for Thracian Star 21

    More than 150 personnel and multiple F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, at Aviano Air Base, Italy, are participating in Thracian Star 21, a Bulgarian air force-led exercise, at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, July 9-23, 2021.

  • Rain or shine, fuel on time

    The 31st Fighter Wing participated in surge flying throughout the week. Surge flying is a period of increased operations for those working on the flightline as sorties increase to provide ample training opportunities to pilots.

  • Aviano Elephant Walk

    The 31st Fighter Wing completed the first Elephant Walk in Aviano history, June 1, 2020 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Launching 23 F-16s one right after the other, with six minutes of uninterrupted after burner—a stirring sight and an important first.

  • Astral Knight 2019: Enhancing regional security

    U.S. Military Forces in Europe work closely with coalition forces from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia to execute Astral Knight 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy, and various locations across Europe, June 3, 2019.

  • Slovenian military leaders 1st visit to Aviano AB

    SlovenianArmed Forces leaders visited Aviano Air Base, Italy, Jan. 22, 2019.The visitfamiliarized Slovenian military leaders with the 31st Fighter Wing mission inorder to strengthen the U.S. and Slovenian partnership. “Thewillingness of our Slovenian counterparts to visit Aviano and continue