GUNFIGHTER COUNTRY

Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, is a precious asset for the US Air Force. The resident Strike Eagle squadrons and a host of visiting units are here to make full use of its excellent training ranges and local terrain.

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The 389th FS ‘T-bolts’ commander’s jet punches out a flare as it breaks formation with a wingman.
photos: Jim Haseltine

THE VERY NAME Mountain Home conjures up visions of a remote hilltop hideaway — a welcome retreat. For the US Air Force, it relates to a very special air base in the wilds of Idaho, about an hour’s drive south of the state capital Boise.

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