Video: 30 US F-35 stealth fighters and F-16s take part in ‘elephant walk’ show of strength in Alaska where the Russians are flexing their muscles
Video: 30 US F-35 stealth fighters and F-16s take part in ‘elephant walk’
MilitaryEzyInfo.com | A squadron of 30 fighter jets and two tankers lined the runway at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, near the Arctic Circle, to show off U.S. airpower.
The combined group from the 354th Fighter Aviation Regiment and the 168th Air National Guard Regiment staged what is known as the “Elephant Walk” on Friday, catching the eye of cameras.
Military aircraft take to the skies in a cavalcade, one at a time, at minimal intervals. In fact, this is a test of readiness, a test to see how fast the fighters can take to the skies.
The bizarre formation was captured in a series of photos on the runway.
US stealth fighters take part in ‘elephant walk’
At Eielson Air Force Base, 180 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, all the planes were in position, and the 354th and 168th regiments were shown off in full force.
Eighteen F-35A Lightning IIs, 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons, and two KC-135 Stratotankers froze on the runway, ready for takeoff.
“The Elephant Walk is not just about honing our rapid response capabilities,” said U.S. Air Force Col. David Skalicky, 354th Air Regiment task force commander.” It’s also an opportunity to show airmen what Wilson Air Force Base is all about, and to show our strength in the Arctic.”
“We will perform despite the coronavirus, despite the extreme weather, and despite one of the shortest days of the year.”
“Every fighter wing pilot contributed to today’s event, proving that our team is capable of maintaining, defending, flying, and upgrading our skills in 5th generation aircraft. Our warfighting capabilities continue to grow and I am proud of the disciplined, professional, and combative approach our team demonstrated,” said Col. David Burkland, 354th Air Force Regiment commander.
David Burkland “These types of Air Force demonstrations are occurring with increasing frequency,” said David Burkland, 354th Air Force commander. The U.S. Air Force is trying to send a clear message to other nations, especially Russia and China, that it is not afraid to counter U.S. operations.
In August, Russian forces frightened Bering Sea fishermen who were in US waters.
In that incident, Russian warplanes flew relentlessly over the fishing boats, forcing the fishermen to make a five-hour detour.
In the second incident, Russian planes flew around two American fishing boats and threatened the fishermen with missiles.
Senator Dan Sullivan said the Arctic will be the next arena for great power competition, and Russia is building military infrastructure there.
“If we don’t develop our polar capabilities,” Sullivan told AlaskaPublic.org, “the influence of our adversaries will grow.” If that happens, we will lose the ability to protect U.S. merchant ships, enforce international law, and deal with national security threats.”
The Russian military is also known to have recently deployed MiG-31 long-range fighter-interceptors at its base in Anadyr, Chukotka province, directly across from Alaska.
Russian and Chinese bombers flew joint patrols in the western Pacific on Tuesday, signaling increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing.
According to the Russian military, one Tu-95 strategic bomber and four Chinese H-6K bombers flew over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the joint mission is aimed at “developing and deepening the comprehensive partnership between Russia and China, further increasing the level of cooperation between the two militaries, enhancing their capabilities for joint actions and strengthening strategic stability.”
The ministry added that the patrol flights “were not directed against any third country.
This will be the second flight in the region since July 2019.
The two squadrons based in Wilson will be more prominent in the future as the Arctic is a strategic location and the U.S. is playing an increasing role due to its proximity to Russia, The Drive reported.
Reader Comments about ‘elephant walk’
Russia is indeed a great inspiration to the world, but the real target of the “elephant walk” must be China and the CCP – they are the ones who are killing people with biological weapons and beating the drums of war.
The combined forces of Russia, China, and North Korea will not come close to the power of the US. They just don’t have it in them.
Waste of taxpayer money.
F-35. Putin is laughing his ass off. Garbage flies.
Elephant walking. What an idiot.
The F-35 is the biggest waste of government money ever.
Russia will always be the envy of the US. With its tiny backward economy, it will never be a competitor. The rest of the world will soon forget this Soviet relic and move on. If I were Russia, I’d be more concerned about China’s the Arctic and Siberian ambitions. After Putin is dead (and that’s not too far away) – good luck, guys. Heh heh heh.
The adults will be back in the White House on January 20th. Hacking and aggression will be there to do.
This Russia has a GDP like the state of Illinois. And that’s when oil prices are high.