The US Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcon crew has returned home after completing air-to-air and air-to-ground exercises with the Swedish Air Force at Norrbotten Wing in Sweden.

The F-16 pilots were part of the 555th Fighter Squadron and 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

During the two-weeks training at the Vidsel Test Range, the USAF pilots worked side-by-side with the Swedish pilots, who flew Gripen fighter jet.

The training, which began on 30 July 2010 included more than 180 flying missions to test the aircrew’s air combat capabilities as well as their precision weapons scoring.

During the exercise, 250 airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing worked around the clock preparing and loading the unit’s F-16 fleet for daily morning and afternoon sorties.