Saturday, October 18, 2008

Red Flag takes off today

Posted : Saturday Oct 18, 2008 8:26:53 EDT
The latest edition of Red Flag, the Air Force’s primary air combat exercise, took off today at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

The flying continues through Nov. 1 with about 80 aircraft participating.

Joining the Air Force planes and helicopters in the air will be F-16s from Greece and Singapore, EF-18s from Spain and U.S. Navy EA-6Bs.

The aircraft should fly two sessions each day — a late afternoon mission starting around 3 p.m. and an evening session taking off around 9:30 p.m.

Red Flag is staged several times each year at Nellis, and is aimed at giving new pilots the experience of flying in large groups of aircraft while dealing with enemy fighters and anti-aircraft sites.


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