Source: Nellis USAF Base – Christie Vanover, 57th Wing Public Affairs – Red Flag-Nellis 22-1 kicks off with allied forces

Nearly 100 aircraft and 3,000 personnel have arrived at Nellis Air Force Base to participate in the first Red Flag exercise of 2022. Aimed at providing realistic training and increasing combat effectiveness, the exercise will run from Jan. 24 to Feb. 11.

“Red Flag-Nellis 22-1 is America’s premier air combat exercise focused on readiness and partnering through Air Expeditionary Wing-led strike ops,” said Col. Jared Hutchinson, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. “In its 47th year of execution, participants will build confidence under fire and integrated leadership and warfighter culture that will lead to victorious coalition fights.

“They will learn from each other face-to-face, so we’ll all be better prepared and ready when we meet again in another region of the world,” he added.

With the 388th Fighter Wing from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, at the lead wing position, this iteration will include participants from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines, Space Force, Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force Reserves, the United Kingdom (Royal Air Force) and Australia (Royal Australian Air Force).

Aircraft participating include the A-10, B-2, B-52, E-3, E-7A, E-8, EA-18G, EC-130, F-15E, F-16C, F-22, F-35, FGR4, HC-130, KC-135, MH-60, MQ-9, RC-135 and RQ-4. (…)

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Photo Credits:

Photo 1 © Four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, wait to take off for a Red Flag-Nellis 22-1 mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 25, 2022. Participants conduct a variety of scenarios, including defensive counter air, offensive counter air suppression of enemy air defenses and offensive counter air-air interdiction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

Photo 2 © Two U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt IIs assigned to 75th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, taxi toward the runway prior to taking off for a Red Flag-Nellis 22-1 mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 25, 2022. The 414th Combat Training Squadron conducts Red Flag exercises to provide aircrews the experience of multiple, intensive air combat sorties in the safety of a training environment. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)


Credit YouTube Video >>> Red Flag Exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, end of runway checks (EOR) and various aircraft takeoffs. Filmed on January 24-25, 2022. Exercise Red Flag is a two-week advanced aerial combat training exercise held four times a year by the United States Air Force. It is designed to offer realistic air-combat training for military pilots and other flight crew members from the United States and allied countries. Even fighter pilots look when a B-52 takes-off (thumbnail). Film Credits: Video by William Lewis, Nellis AFB Public Affairs