Outstanding Photos of 2015

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Outstanding Photos of 2015

In addition to our staff and company photographers, the magazine has regularly showcased the work of world-renowned freelance shooters and hundreds of military photographers who have documented daily operations that are often in hazardous locations.

Dynamic and colorful images have been a hallmark of Code One throughout its thirty-year history. The magazine’s exceptional access to the units that fly Lockheed Martin aircraft has resulted in images that haven’t been seen anywhere else. In addition to our staff and company photographers, the magazine has regularly showcased the work of world-renowned freelance shooters and hundreds of military photographers who have documented daily operations that are often in hazardous locations.

Over the course of a year, Code One editors look at hundreds of images. Most are used to illustrate a specific feature article or an item for our News section. But quite a few—like most of the ones in this gallery—are just simply outstanding images. This gallery has been populated with new images of current or legacy Lockheed Martin aircraft that are still being flown. It was updated with new images in 2015 and here are the final picks.

  • Newly Modernized C-5M Super Galaxy

    A newly modernized C-5M Super Galaxy (Air Force serial number 86-0016) gets the star treatment in this night portrait taken at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia, prior to its delivery flight on 9 December 2015. Photo by Todd R. McQueen, Andrew McMurtrie, and Thinh D. NguyenDane Wiedmann
  • MC-130J Commando II from the 9th Special Operations Squadron

    An MC-130J Commando II from the 9th Special Operations Squadron taxis for departure in support of exercise Emerald Warrior on 29 April 2015 at Melrose Air Force Range, New Mexico.   Photo by SSgt. Matthew Plew
  • Two F-22 Raptor Pilots Taxi During Red Flag January 2015

    Two F-22 Raptor pilots taxi to the runway during Red Flag 15-1 in January 2015 at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Red Flag is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the US Air Force Warfare Center. It is designed to increase combat readiness and effectiveness. The F-22s are assigned to the 94th FS from JB Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Photo by SrA. Thomas Spangler
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon Pilots from the 162nd Wing, the Arizona Air National Guard Unit at Tucson

      F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots from the 162nd Wing, the Arizona Air National Guard unit at Tucson, fly an air-to-air training mission against student pilots in April 2015. The 162nd trains international and US Air Force student pilots to employ the F-16.   Photo by MSgt. Jeffrey Allen
  • Members of a US Pacific Command Joint Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team Load onto a US Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules

      Members of a US Pacific Command Joint Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team load onto a US Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules at Kadena AB, Japan, on 29 April 2015. The team is deploying to Nepal to assist earthquake relief efforts.   Photo by Lt. Erik Anthony
  • An F-22 Raptor Cuts Through the Clouds During the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course

      An F-22 Raptor cuts through the clouds during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course on 1 March 2015, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. The annual aerial demonstration training event, held at Davis-Monthan AFB since 2001, providies civilian and military pilots the opportunity to practice flying in formation for the upcoming air show season.   Photo by A1C Chris Massey
  • A pilot in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Launches During Red Flag Exercises at Nellis AFB

      A pilot in an F-16 Fighting Falcon launches during Red Flag exercises at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Red Flag provides an opportunity for Air National Guard aircrew and maintainers to enhance their tactical operational skills alongside units from around the Air Force. The F-16 is assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron at Burlington ANGB, Burlington, Vermont.   Photo by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika
  • Airmen in Two Bangladesh Air Force F-7BG, a BAF C-130B, and Two US Air Force C-130H Aircraft Prepare to Take Off

      Airmen in two Bangladesh Air Force F-7BG Defenders, a BAF C-130B Hercules, and two US Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft prepare to take off in late January 2015 from Bangabandhu AB in Bangladesh during exercise Cope South.   Bangladesh Air Force Photo
  • A Test Pilot in an F-35C Gets Ready for Launch

      A test pilot in an F-35C pilot gets ready for launch during sea trials aboard the USS Eisenhower (CVN-69).   Photo by Andrew McMurtrie
  • An F-22 Raptor Pilot Prepares to Take on Fuel During Sentry Savannah

      An F-22 Raptor pilot prepares to take on fuel during Sentry Savannah 15-1 in February 2015. More than 1,400 Total Force service members from Washington, DC, and Minnesota ANG units, and active duty Airmen from Tyndall AFB, gathered in Savannah, Georgia, to support the exercise.   Photo by SrA Justin Hodge
  • An F-16 Pilot Takes Off During a Flying Training Deployment in January 2015

      An F-16 pilot takes off during a flying training deployment in January 2015 from Souda Bay, Greece. The aircraft conducted the training as part of the bilateral deployment between the Greek and US air forces to develop interoperability and cohesion between the two NATO partners. The F-16 is assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Spangdahlem AB, Germany.   Photo by SSgt. Joe W. McFadden
  • A C-130J Crew Takes Off at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, During Exercise Golden Hydra

      A C-130J crew took off at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, during Exercise Golden Hydra in late March 2015. More than 130 Airmen from five wings across Air Mobility Command and the Air National Guard participated in this contingency response exercise at three locations in California.   Photo by TSgt. Matthew Hannen
  • Members of the 114th Logistics Readiness Squadron assist C-5M Super Galaxy Crew Members With Equipment Load

      Members of the 114th Logistics Readiness Squadron assist C-5M Super Galaxy crew members load equipment during the early hours of 11 May 2015, at Joe Foss Field in South Dakota. The 114th Fighter Wing, the South Dakota Air National Guard unit at Sioux City, was deploying approximately 250 of its men and women for four months to South Korea where they supported the US commitment to stability and security in Asia.   Photo by SSgt. Luke Olson
  • Distinguished Visitors Watch F-35B Vertical Takeoff and Landing Flight Operations

      Distinguished visitors watch F-35B vertical takeoff and landing flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) during the first phase of shipboard operational testing.   Photo by CMCS William Tonacchio
  • Royal Australian Air Force Personnel, Including an AP-3C Orion Crew, Participate in Red Flag

      Royal Australian Air Force personnel, including two C-130J Super Hercules crews and a crew flying an AP-3C Orion patrol aircraft, participated in Red Flag, the large-scale air combat exercise at Nellis AFB, Nevada in early 2015. This marked the first time Australian C-130 and AP-3 crews took part in a Red Flag exercise.   Photo by SrA Thomas Spangler
  • A New C-5M Super Galaxy Departs Dobbins ARB

      A new C-5M Super Galaxy (Air Force serial number 86-0026) departs the Dobbins ARB, Marietta, Georgia, runway on its ferry flight on 5 August 2015.   Photo by Damien A. Guarnieri
  • An HC-130J Makes a Pass Before Taking Part in a Static-line Jump

      An HC-130J Combat King II makes a pass before taking part in a static-line jump in February 2015 near Tifton, Georgia.    Photo by SSgt. David Salanitri
  • F-16 Pilots Taxi Down the Runway at Eielson AFB

      F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots taxi down the runway in March 2015 at Eielson AFB, Alaska. The F-16s are assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron.   Photo by SrA Peter Reft
  • A C-130J Airdrops Parajumpers

      A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 317th Airlift Group, Dyess AFB, Texas, airdrops parajumpers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, in April 2015 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.    Photo by SrA Peter Thompson
  • Rear Adm. Cynthia Thebaud Launches an F-35B Off the Flight Deck of USS Wasp

      Rear Adm. Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group Two, launched an F-35B Lightning II off the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1) during operational testing in May 2015.   Photo by CMCS William Tonacchio
  • US Air Force Thunderbird Pilots Approach the University of Phoenix Stadium

      US Air Force Thunderbird pilots approach the University of Phoenix Stadium in February 2015 to perform a flyover during Super Bowl XLIX.   Photo by TSgt. Manuel J. Martinez
  • The 32 C-5M Super Galaxy ferries from the Lockheed Martin Facility in Marietta

      An active duty US Air Force aircrew from the 22nd Airlift Squadron at Travis AFB, California, along with Maj. Gen. Warren D. Berry , the Vice Commander of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, ferried the thirty-second C-5M Super Galaxy from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia, on 9 December 2015. This was the ninth and final C-5M scheduled for delivery in 2015. The aircrew flew the C-5M to Stewart ANGB, near Newburgh, New York, where it will undergo internal paint restoration. Once paint restoration is completed, the aircraft will then be flown to Travis AFB, California. It will be the fourteenth Super Galaxy assigned to Travis. This aircraft (U. S. Air Force serial number 86-0016) was originally delivered to the Air Force in December 1987 and had recorded approximately 21,509 flight hours prior to the ferry flight.   Photo by Mandy Mills
  • An MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker crew takes off from Melrose Air Force Range

      Leaving a trail of dust in its wake, an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker crew took off in April 2015 at Melrose Air Force Range in New Mexico. The aircraft’s crew demonstrated its capability to take off, land, and perform airdrops in remote areas during a joint exercise.   Photo by A1C Shelby Kay-Fantozzi
  • F-22 Raptors Parked on JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

      A crew chief walks past two F-22 Raptors parked on JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, in April 2015.   USAF Photo by Justin Connaher
  • A Portuguese P-3 Orion conducts a fly-by over the USNS Spearhead

      A Portuguese P-3 Orion aircraft conducts a fly-by over of the Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) in January 2015. Spearhead is on a scheduled deployment to the US 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station.   Photo by MCS Joshua Davies
  • Two F-16Ds from the 31st Fighter Wing

      Two F-16Ds from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy, are flown over Europe on 20 March 2015.    Photo by SrA Christine Griffiths
  • Members from the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron Prepare Fuel Hoses from an HC-130

      Members from the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron prepare fuel hoses from an HC-130 Combat King as part of a forward arming and refuel point exercise at Grand Bara, Djibouti, on 12 March 2015. Providing a FARP allowed several smaller airframes to refuel with engines still running, enabling the aircraft to fly missions almost non-stop.   Photo by SSgt. Kevin Iinuma
  • US Air Force Capts. Lindsey Kinsinger and Chad Thompson Fly Over the Coast of Normandy

      US Air Force Capts. Lindsey Kinsinger and Chad Thompson, both pilots assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein AB, Germany, fly over the coast of Normandy, France, on 3 June 2015 in a C-130J. More than 380 service members from Europe and affiliated D-Day historical units participated in the 71st anniversary as part of Joint Task Force D-Day 71.   Photo by SrA Nicole Sikorski
  • Airmen Prepare an F-16 at Eielson AFB

      Airmen prepare an F-16 at Eielson AFB, Alaska, in transit to JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Andersen AFB, Guam, in January 2015.   Photo by SSgt. Joshua Turner
  • Two F-22 Raptors Escort a KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild AFB

      Two F-22 Raptor pilots from the 1st Fighter Wing at JB Langley-Eustis, Virginia, escort a 92nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild AFB, Washington, on their way to exercise Amalgam Dart on 27 May 2015, over British Columbia, Canada.   Photo by SSgt. Benjamin W. Stratton
  • A C-5M Super Galaxy Landing at Dobbins ARB

      A crew in a new C-5M Super Galaxy (Air Force serial number 86-0026) on the downwind leg behind a Cessna Citation landing at Dobbins ARB, Marietta, Georgia.   Photo by Damien A. Guarnieri
  • Fireworks Explode Behind a C-130 During Celebrate America Ceremonies at Yokota AB

      Fireworks explode behind a C-130 Hercules during Celebrate America ceremonies at Yokota AB, Japan, on 2 July 2015. Celebrate America is an annual event that provides military members and their families the opportunity to enjoy games, food, and bands before culminating in a fireworks display over the Yokota airfield to celebrate US Independence Day.   Photo by A1C Delano Scott
  • An F-16 Sits on the Flightline at Eielson AFB

      An F-16 from the 354th Fighter Wing sits on the flightline at Eielson AFB, Alaska, in March 2015.   Photo by SSgt. Shawn Nickel
  • US Navy Sailors Perform aMman-on-the-Stand Coordinated Check on a P-3C Orion

      US Navy Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron 4 (VP-4), known as the Skinny Dragons, perform a man-on-the-stand coordinated check on a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (far left) at MCB Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on 9 June 2015. Coordinated checks are done on a routine basis to ensure proper functioning of the aircraft and continued mission readiness and performance.   Photo by MC3 Amber Porter
  • An Airman Marshals an F-16 to a Stop at Shaw AFB

      An Airman marshals an F-16 to a stop at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, in February 2015. The mission of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw is to provide combat ready airpower and Airmen, to meet any challenge, anytime, anywhere.   Photo by A1C Jonathan Bass
  • An F-35A with a US flag as a Backdrop

      An F-35A with a US flag as a backdrop at Edwards AFB, California.   Photo by Tom Reynolds
  • An Airman from the 189th Airlift Wing Gives a Thumbs-up During a Training Flight

      An Airman from the 189th Airlift Wing gives a thumbs-up during a training flight in June 2015 near Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. The Air Education and Training Command’s 314th AW and Arkansas Air National Guard’s 189th AW provide the foundation of combat airlift with initial training in the C-130J Super Hercules and C-130H Hercules.   Photo by SrA Scott Poe
  • Backseat View from an F-16

      Backseat view from an F-16 during a photo chase mission at the Air Force Test Center at Edwards AFB, California.   Photo by John Case
  • Capt. Doug Mayo Goes Through a Preflight Inspection

      Capt. Doug Mayo, an F-16 pilot with the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, goes through a preflight inspection before a combat sortie at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in June 2015.   Photo by TSgt. Joseph Swafford
  • F-35 Lightning II Pilots Line Up for Another Training Mission

      F-35 Lightning II pilots line up for another training mission at Luke AFB, Arizona.   Photo by Angel DelCueto
  • U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 1st Fighter Wing Salute Brig. Gen. Kevin Huyck

      U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 1st Fighter Wing salute Brig. Gen. Kevin Huyck, 1st FW commander, as he completes his fini flight at JB Langley-Eustis AFB, Virginia, on 7 July 2015.   Photo by SrA Kimberly Nagle
  • Two F-35 Lightning II Pilots Line Up Behind a Tanker

      Two F-35 Lightning II pilots line up behind a tanker during a weapon delivery test flown from Edwards AFB, California.   Photo by Chad Bellay
  • An F-22 Raptor Pilot Flies Over the California Desert

      An F-22 Raptor pilot flies over the California Desert during a test mission from Edwards AFB, California.   Photo by David Henry
  • US Navy Test Pilot Flies F-35B During KC-10 Strategic Tanker Testing

      US Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Karapostoles flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 during KC-10 strategic tanker testing over the Eastern Shore of Maryland in May 2015.   Photo by Michael D. Jackson
  • Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Al Norman Takes off from NAS Fort Worth JRB

      Lockheed Martin test pilot Al Norman takes off from NAS Fort Worth JRB in a production F-35B (company number BF-47) during a test flight in October 2015.    Photo by Liz Kaszynski
  • F-35 Pilots from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke AFB

      F-35 pilots from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke AFB, Arizona, fly in formation with an F-16 pilot from the 69th FS at Luke in June 2015.   Photo by Matthew Short
  • An F-35 Test Pilot Rolls and Releases Flares During a Test Mission

      An F-35 test pilot rolls and releases flares during a test mission at Edwards AFB, California.   Photo by Chad Bellay
  • A Production F-35C in the Paint Booth in Fort Worth

      A production F-35C (company number CF-26) in the paint booth in Fort Worth, Texas, after being rolled out of the factory.   Photo by Angel DelCueto
  • A US Air Force Thunderbird at the 2015 Sun N Fun Fly-in

      A US Air Force Thunderbird shot at the 2015 Sun N Fun fly-in at Lakeland, Florida.   Photo by Michael D. Jackson
  • US Navy Test pilot Cdr. Christian Sewell Flies F-35C CF-5 at High-g in Afterburner

      US Navy test pilot Cdr. Christian Sewell flies F-35C test aircraft CF-5 at high-g in afterburner and with an asymmetric weapon load during a test mission from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in June 2015.   Photo by Dane Wiedmann
  • A US Air Force Crew Took Delivery of and Ferried an MC-130J Tanker Aircraft to Kadena AB

      A US Air Force crew took delivery of and ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft on 19 March 2015 from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia, to Kadena AB, Japan. The aircraft (US Air Force serial number 12-5763) is now flown by US 17th Special Operations Squadron crews there.   Photo by Todd R. McQueen, Andrew McMurtrie, and Thinh D. NguyenDane Wiedmann
  • A Test Pilot in an F-35C Takes off From the USS Dwight D. Eisenower

      A test pilot in an F-35C takes off from the USS Dwight D. Eisenower (CVN-69) during Operational Testing in the summer of 2015.   Photo by Andrew McMurtries