FAIRBANKS — An Air Force fighter pilot in Alaska for training is flying over familiar territory.
Capt. James Collins grew up in Ester, just south of Fairbanks. When he landed his F-16 on June 4 at Eielson Air Force Base, he was greeted on the runway by his wife, Annette, daughters Olivia, 4, and Zoie, 2, and 9-month-old son James.
“It was kind of cool,” Collins said of flying in from Japan. “I could pick out where UAF was and where the Old Nenana Highway was. I could look in the targeting pod and pick out the clearing in the trees where our house is at.”