'Cleared Hot!'

Veteran photographer Nicholas Price spent 18 months snapping images of U.S. Air Force men and women in an attempt to capture the strength and courage of American service members. Price, a British photographer from southern England, was granted unprecedented access to take the 60 black-and-white photographs, which have been obtained by the Library of Congress. "Cleared Hot!" is a U.S. Air Force command used to approve an action -- typically, the release or drop weapons.  

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    Price used light and shadow techniques to capture the beauty and elegance of the F16 fighter jet at Nellis Air Force Base in north Las Vegas, Nevada.  The F16 jet has become a symbol of America's military might.  Source: Nicholas Price
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    This unnamed "Honor Guard" is seen protecting the American flag at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.  The female service member symbolizes the growing presence of women and minorities in the U.S. Air Force.  Source: Nicholas Price
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    Man's best friend holds a special place within the U.S. Air Force and is instrumental in detecting bombs and booby traps. This K9 -- based out of Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nev. -- is pictured wearing protective goggles. Shortly after the picture was taken, the K-9 team was deployed to Iraq, where it assisted in a convoy support mission. One of the K-9's reportedly rescued an airman from the aftermath of a roadside bomb explosion. Source: Nicholas Price
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    The U.S. Air Force stages a mock rescue operation during a training exercise at the Nevada Test and Training Range in the desert of southern Nevada.  Source: Nicholas Price
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    A group of U.S. Air force men and women line up to receive ammunition for a training exercise before deployment. The lineup, seen at an unknown location in the Nevada desert, is in the shape of a question mark. Source: Nicholas Price
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    Price captures the power of an F-15 fighter jet as an airman -- seen underneath the afterburner -- tests its engine. Source: Nicholas Price
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    The B2 "Spirit," an American bomber with "low observable" stealth technology, refuels at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.  Source: Nicholas Price
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