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F-5N Tiger II fighter jets with Marine Fighter Training Squadron (VMFT) 401 trained at MCAS Miramar with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 and the 310th Fighter Squadron March 16. This training allowed both services to experience different flight tactics and train with different aircraft.

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Training together: Marines dogfight with the Air Force

23 Mar 2017 | Lance Cpl. Jake McClung 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

The Air Force’s 310th Fighter Squadron with 56th Operations Group based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, trained their basic fighter maneuvers (BFM) with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, March 16 through March 24.

This training is important because it allows Airmen and Marines to train against a very different adversary because they are used to training against their own aircraft, said Air force 1st Lt. Benjamin Volk, a fighter pilot with the 310th.

“We’re here to train to train in air combat tactics with our Marine counterparts, and that’s the bottom line,” said Air force Capt. McKay McLaren, a fighter pilot with the squadron. “Whether we’re fighting against them or with them, it’s about building that camaraderie … that’s what’s important.”

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