RED FLAG 14-2 March 2014
RED FLAG, a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies, is coordinated at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges of the Nevada Test and Training Range. It is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the United States Air Force Warfare Center and Nellis and executed through the 414th Combat Training Squadron.
A typical RED FLAG exercise involves a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft, electronic warfare aircraft, air superiority aircraft, airlift support, search and rescue aircraft, aerial refueling aircraft, Command and Control aircraft as well as ground based Command and Control, Space, and Cyber Forces. There are two teams, the Red and the Blue. The Blue forces are under the Air Expeditionary Force concept, using various tactics to attack NTTR targets such as mock airfields, vehicle convoys, tanks, parked aircraft, bunkered defensive positions and missile sites. The Red force threats are aligned under the 57th Adversary Tactics Group, which controls seven squadrons of USAF Aggressors, including fighter, space, information operations and air defense units.
Participating countries besides the United States included Belgium, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and a NATO AWACS E-3 from Germany. The majority of the fighters were F-15's and F-16's. These training excercises took place from March 3rd through March 14, 2014 and my visit was limited to three days, March 10 through March 12. I've also included a few pictures that were not from Red Flag, but were training missions taking place in between RED FLAG launches and recoveries.
There is text attached to all the photographs.
All photographs were taken by Roger Cain (SAH 2).
These photographs posted on 4-10-14
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