by Staff Sgt. Emerson Nuñez
48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
12/9/2015 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Iron
sharpens iron; the same could be said for fighter jet pilots seeking
new ways to improve their skills to deliver decisive combat air power.
Fighter pilots from Royal Air Force Coningsby and the 494th Fighter
Squadron partnered up for dissimilar air combat training, here, Dec.
The training session consisted of mock air to air combat fights where in
this case, both aircrafts went up against each other to test each
other's and their own capabilities. The aircrafts had a certain amount
of mock ammunition per separate engagement and each pilot would call out
on the radio whenever they were "hit".
"It's great practice for both parties to go against a different
aircraft," said a Typhoon evaluator pilot from the 41 Typhoon Test and
Evaluation Squadron. "The F-15 gets an opportunity to fight a superior
performing threat, and we get to fight against a very capable weapons
system and highly maneuverable missile."
Training with RAF jet fighters not only sharpens combat skills, but strengthens host nation partnerships for future integration.
"They reached out to us for some dissimilar flights and it's something
we definitely wanted to do," said Capt. Joseph DiCocco, 494th FS weapon
systems officer. "We want to integrate more with our host nation
partners, so when we saw the offer, we snatched it up."
Exercises like these accomplish multiple goals for both parties involved.
"It's a lot of fun and a lot of learning at the same time," DiCocco
said. "Definitely beneficial for both sides seeing a different side of
how to fight in the air. We would definitely be happy to do this again. "