F-111F GBU-10 preparing to bomb Libya, evening, 14 April 1986:
A ground crew prepares a 48th Tactical Fighter Wing F-111F aircraft for a retaliatory air strike on Libya. An arming supervisor gives hand signals to the pilot of the aircraft as the crewman under the wing pulls arming pins out of the GBU-10 modular glide bombs. The crewman by the landing gear is checking for foreign objects on the runway that might be sucked into an engine before takeoff. RAF Lakenheath, England.
James A. Jimenez, Above and Beyond: Take A Left at Portugal:
My previous longest mission had been 4.5 hours; the planned route around Spain and back would take more than 13.