71st FTS trains over Atlantic Ocean

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  • By Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie
  • 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Pilots assigned to the 71st Fighter Training Squadron, and the 192nd Fighter Wing fly T-38 Talons, during a Red Air mission  over the Atlantic Ocean Jan. 24, 2018.

The 71st FTS, also referred to as the Ironmen, is one of three flying squadrons assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The squadron's mission is to provide professional adversary air support to enhance the 1st Fighter Wing's F-22 combat capability.

The 71st FTS flies the T-38 Talon, the world's first supersonic trainer. The two-seat jet has a top speed of 858 miles per hour. The T-38 first flew in 1959 and continues to be used to this day.