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Staff Sgt. Ernest Andrews participates in Combat Skills Training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst, New Jersey, in preparation of an upcoming deployment. The exercise is used to provide Airmen the skills necessary to adminster life saving treatment while under fire (Kenneth Bricker/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.