Red Air Maestros: A typical day with Draken Europe's Falcon 20s

Draken Europe and its crews onboard the Dassault 20 electronic warfare aircraft train RAF and allied aircrews daily. Paul Heaseman explains a typical day’s work for them.

“Three, two, one. Hack. 0745Z. Welcome Zodiac formation. Mission overview: Typhoon Warrior Mission 6. We are a three-ship of Red Su-34 Fullbacks tasked to perform defensive counter air (DCA) operations against Blue forces. Red forces are Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Lossiemouth, 100 Squadron Hawk T1s from RAF Leeming, F-15E and F-15C aircraft from RAF Lakenheath. Blue forces are composed of Typhoons from RAF Coningsby, F-15Cs and F-15Es from RAF Lakenheath. The whole package is supported by tankers from RAF Brize Norton and the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall.”

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