Falcons with flare

f-16 fighting falcon

Jan. 25, 2008 – A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon launches electronic countermeasure flares following an aerial refueling mission over Iraq on Jan. 22, 2008. The aircraft are attached to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq. DoD photo.


  1. Tell us more about ‘electronic countermeasure flares’. I always assumed they were two completely different things, no?

  2. Hah! I hadn’t even caught that bit. It’s a ‘electronic countermeasures flare’ because, you know, heat-seeking missiles use electronics. Or it’s a caption mistake.