RED FLAG TURNS UP THE HEAT

The first participation by US Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs in Red Flag has driven planners to raise the complexity of the simulated warfighting exercise, as Dylan Eklund reports from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

RF 17-1

Red Flag 17-1 was the first edition of the famous Nevada exercise for the US Air Force’s expanding F-35A fleet. One of 13 Lightning IIs sent to Nellis from Hill AFB was serial 13-5075/‘HL’ seen here.
Dylan Eklund

OF THE FOUR Red Flag exercises held each year at Nellis AFB on the outskirts of Las Vegas, the first is the most challenging, drawing in all capabilities to best replicate air warfare in the 21st century.

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