|Nellis AFB annunces dates for Red Flag 2019.|
U.S. Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise, the Red Flag, will take place at Nellis Air Force Base with the following schedule:
Red Flag 19-1: 26 Jan-15 Feb
Red Flag 19-2: 3 March-16 March
Red Flag 19-3: 14 July-31 July
Currently the participating aircraft are not yet known. A typical Red Flag exercise involves a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft (F-15E, F-16, F/A-18, A-10, B-1, B-2, etc.), reconnaissance aircraft (Predator, Global Hawk, RC-135, U-2), electronic warfare aircraft (EC-130s, EA-6Bs and F-16CJs), air superiority aircraft (F-22, F-15C, etc), airlift support (C-130, C-17), search and rescue aircraft (HH-60, HC-130, CH-47), aerial refueling aircraft (KC-130, KC-135, KC-10, etc), Command and Control aircraft (E-3, E-8C, E-2C, etc) as well as ground based Command and Control, Space, and Cyber Forces. Every year it also includes some indigenous aircraft as in 2018 when the Colombian Air Force sent its Kfir fighters to Nellis.
Nellis AFB is definitely one of the most popular air bases by aviation enthusiasts thanks to its heavy activity. In addition to the Red Flag and Green Flag exercises it also hosts an excellent airshow, the Aviation Nation. This year it will be held from 15 to 17 November 2019.
Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: Nellis AFB