Watch the best US Air Force combat squadron dogfighting like in Top Gun

Maverick and the Goose have nothing on the pilots of the 67th Fighter Squadron—the Fighting Cocks flying out of Kadena Air Base in Japan, who won the Raytheon Trophy for air-to-air excellence. The combat action starts at the 1:40 mark.

The 67th has won the Raytheon Trophy some half dozen times now, making it the most-winning squadron in the entire USAF. This award, formerly known as the Hughes (as in Howard Hughes) is awarded to the top air-superiority and air-defense squadrons each year, has been since 1953. Units are rated on their performance, operational mission performance, organizational readiness inspection results, training exercise participation, unit achievements and awards, individual achievements and awards and unit incentive programs.


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