From Our Editors
Though the two squadrons of the 706th Fighter Wing operate from under Fighter Wing Virtual Air Combat's single roof, the divide between them couldn't be deeper. The blue Virtual Vipers fly their F-35A jets into never-ending battle against the red Crazy Ivans, who dive into the fray with the MiG-29 Fulcrum. These dogfights take place on the screens of realistic flight simulators, the same used by the USAF for training, replete with the dozens of gauges, buttons, and tactical cup holders that populate an actual fighter's cockpit. As visiting airmen become more familiar with such skills as landing and navigation, they might find themselves thrown into daring missions against enemy planes, vital ground targets, and even their fellow pilots.