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Loadmaster Senior Airman Dylan Strom enjoys the spectacular view during a civic leaders and clergy flight. Clergy and leaders from the local Minneapolis– Saint Paul area participated in an orientation flight with the 934th Airlift Wing (Shannon McKay/USAF/Rex Features)

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

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.