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139th Airlift Wing Sound of Speed Airshow and Open House practice at Rosecrans Memorial Airport, St. Joseph, Missouri (Sheldon Thompson/USAF/Rex Features)

U.S. Air Force: Pictures provide rare glimpse into life in the skies

28 January 2013

This stunning set of photographs illustrate the difficult but often inspiring work undertaken by the U.S. Air Force. Each photograph was taken by a member of the Air Force during training in America, South Korea and Afghanistan. From spectacular views aboard an aircraft to intimate moments shared between the airmen, the pictures provide a snapshot into the daily life of those magnificent men and women in their flying machines.