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U.S. military officials are coordinating search and rescue efforts with Italian military and civilian teams following the loss of communication with an Aviano F-16 fighter jet Monday evening. The aircraft, assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, was performing a training mission over the Adriatic Sea when the base lost contact with the pilot at approximately 8 p.m. Soon after, Italian aircraft and ships were dispatched to the missing jet's last known location.

Buzzards RULE!

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Another awesome compilation video of the 510th EFS which was deployed to Bagram Airfield Afghanistan.  Video shows Pilot, Maintainers, Jets, Drop Videos...  AWESOME!

Yugoslavia Strike Film Elvis 52

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The Elvis Strike Film - Yugoslavia Footage from a Buzzard F-16 Targeting Pod.

F-16s Head to Estonia for Training

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Airmen and aircraft assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing departed Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 20, 2015 to participate in bilateral training with the Estonian air force and simultaneous but unrelated training with the Finnish and Swedish air forces in their airspace.

Buzzards at Lask Air Base Poland

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Raw footage of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft taking off from Aviano Air Base, Italy. Six Aviano aircraft joined forces with Poland in a joint theater security training event. This marks the third rotation of U.S. aircraft that have supported the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment at Lask Air Base, Poland as part of a partnership-building initiative that began in October 2012. Video by Airman 1st Class Abbey Whittaker | 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Kosovo Buzzards

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Compilation of the 510th Fighter Squadron Buzzards during the Kosovo Conflict.

Missing F-16 Pilot's Body Recovered

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Buzzards everywhere send their deepest condolences as well as our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Lucas.  A terrible loss....

An Italian vessel on the Adriatic Sea on Thursday recovered the body of F-16 pilot Capt. Lucas Gruenther, announced officials at Aviano AB, Italy. Gruenther had been missing since Monday when contact was lost with his F-16 during a nighttime training mission over the water. He was chief of flight safety for Aviano's 31st Fighter Wing.

The F-16 Walkaround

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510th Fighter Squadron Viper Driver Capt. Nathan "Hoss" Harrold takes us on a tour of his office from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Aviano Augments Search for Missing Pilot

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The 31st Fighter Wing launched several of its F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Jan. 29 to join the ongoing search effort for a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who was declared missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28.

The fighter jets will provide further assistance to the robust rescue operation already underway, joining U.S. and Italian aircraft and ships. Capt. Lucas Gruenther, 31st Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, was conducting an F-16 training sortie over the Adriatic Sea when contact was lost with his aircraft.

USAF F-16 Aircraft Crashes in Turkey

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ANKARA, Turkey {AP}— A U.S. F-16 fighter jet heading for a patrol over northern Iraq crashed in Turkey on Wednesday after apparently suffering engine problems, the first U.S. warplane to go down in more than 200,000 flights over the no-fly zones.