A US Air Force C-130J Hercules cargo aircraft from the 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard, conducts flare training off the Ventura County coast January 10, 2012. The flares are used as tactical infrared countermeasures to confuse and redirect heat-seeking missiles. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Buttner)

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