These photos of the Air Force at night are breathtaking

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing sits on the flightline March 25, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel

The US Air Force is the world’s premier aerial force.

The Air Force has 39 distinct types of aircraft, not counting individual variants within each of those airframes. This range of planes allow the Air Force to highly specialize for each mission and achieve incredible successes.

The following photos show some of the amazing missions that the Air Force carries out both on air and land at night.

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title=”A C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron conducts a night flight mission over Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2016.”
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title=”An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing sits on the flightline March 25, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c775a52bcd05c658c36be”
source=”US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel”
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title=”Capt. Thomas Bernard, a 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules pilot, performs a visual confirmation with night vision goggles during a training mission over the Kanto Plain, Japan, Oct. 14, 2015.”
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source=”US Air Force/Osakabe Yasuo”
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title=”Capt. Jonathan Bonilla and 1st Lt. Vicente Vasquez, 459th Airlift Squadron UH-1N Huey pilots, fly over Tokyo after completing night training April 25, 2016.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c7a20910584cc5e8c3615″
source=”US Air Force/Yasuo Osakabe”
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title=”The F-35 Integrated Test Force is completing a series of night flights, testing the ability to fly the jet safely in instrument meteorological conditions where the pilot has no external visibility references.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/572907d9910584cc5e8c0615″
source=”US Air Force”
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title=”A special operations Airman aims his weapon to designate the location of a threat Oct. 9, 2014, during a training mission at Stanford Training Area near Thetford, England.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c77fa52bcd01f7b8c356c”
source=”US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony”
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title=”Staff Sgt. Joseph Pico, a security forces Airman with the 106th Rescue Wing, conducts night-firing training at the Suffolk County Police Range in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., May 7, 2015.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c7aa69105842a008c395b”
source=”New York Air National Guard/Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy”
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permalink=”/#canadian-special-operations-regiment-members-call-in-close-air-support-from-their-us-air-force-allies-during-emerald-warrior-2013-april-26-2013-at-hurlburt-field-fla-8″
title=”Canadian special operations regiment members call in close-air support from their US Air Force allies during Emerald Warrior 2013 April 26, 2013, at Hurlburt Field, Fla.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c798591058424008c36fd”
source=”US Air Force/Senior Airman Matt Bruch”
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title=”Airmen with the 9th Airlift Squadron and 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron with Marines from the Marine Expeditionary Brigade prepare to load vehicles into a C-5M Super Galaxy Oct. 6, 2014, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c77ce52bcd0210c8c3871″
source=”US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock”
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title=”A US Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft assigned to the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, sits on the flight line during pre-flight checks Nov. 23, 2010, while deployed at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c782a52bcd01a008c383a”
source=”US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin”
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title=”Staff Sgt. Robert Clark directs anArmy M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System out of a C-17 Globemaster III, April 25 during Exercise Emerald Warrior, at Hurlburt Field, Fla.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c78dc910584716f8c34c2″
source=”US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.”
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title=”Beneath the light of a full moon, Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing prepare a C-130J Hercules for a flight March 27, 2013, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c7914910584145c8c3591″
source=”US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Russ Scalf”
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title=”Senior Airman Larry Webster scans for potential threats using night vision goggles after completing a cargo airdrop Oct. 7, 2013, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Webster is a 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster.”
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source=”US Air Force/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker”
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title=”A US Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft with the 107th Airlift Wing fires off flares during a night formation training mission.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/56bdf79f6e97c62e008b6e32″
source=”US Air Force”
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title=”Maintainers from the 81st Fighter Squadron pull out firing pins and chalks to ready an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft for takeoff before a night combat search and rescue training mission July 20, 2012.”
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/573c79df9105842a008c3952″
source=”US Air Force/Senior Airman Natasha Stannard”
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title=”Airmen from the 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare an A-10 Thunderbolt II for a simulated combat sortie in support of exercise Beverly Midnight 16-01 at Osan Air Base, South Korea, March 9, 2016.”
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source=”US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman”
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permalink=”/#maj-kurt-wampole-assisted-by-capt-matt-ward-taxis-a-c-130h-hercules-back-to-its-parking-spot-at-bagram-airfield-parwan-province-afghanistan-oct-7-2013-after-completing-an-air-cargo-drop-mission-in-ghazni-provence-afghanistan-17″
title=”Maj. Kurt Wampole, assisted by Capt. Matt Ward taxis a C-130H Hercules back to its parking spot at Bagram Airfield, Parwan Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2013 after completing an air cargo drop mission in Ghazni Provence Afghanistan.”
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source=”US Air Force/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker”
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