HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- An AC-130U gunship from the 4th Special Operations Squadron, jettisons flares over an area near Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 20. The flares are a countermeasure for heat seeking missiles that may be launched at the aircraft during real world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)

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