These aircraft makeup the backbone of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) air defense in Alaska.
Affectionately termed a “Moose Walk,” to reflect Alaska’s unique relationship with the surrounding environment.
NORAD’s priority is the continued and steadfast defense of North America and maintains its missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control, while safeguarding the force from the coronavirus.
The large show-of-force demonstrated the wings’ rapid mobility capabilities and response readiness during COVID-19 and also highlighted the ability to generate combat airpower at a moment’s notice to ensure regional stability throughout the North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Indo-Pacific.
Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Emily Farnsworth / U.S. Air Force