Fighting ‘Saints’

With ‘Bogey’ as their main radio callsign, the ‘Saints’ mean business! Søren Nielsen visited Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, to see them at work.

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F-5N 761568 over a snowy northern Nevada. The airspace around Fallon is one of the US Navy’s primary training areas, with plenty of room for visiting squadrons to tangle with the agile F-5s.
Andy Wilson

For a fighter pilot, having a ‘bogey’ on your tail is normally a sign that things have gone badly wrong. But if the ‘bogeys’ on your tail are from the ‘Saints’ of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 13, you’ll live to fight another day – even if you might still get ‘shot down’ in the ensuing dogfight. Here, everything is simulated, giving you the experience needed to help prevent a similar situation if there’s a real ‘bogey’ on your tail in the future.

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