Red Flag Nellis AFB 2017-1 Intro & Red Airforce (Part 1)

Red Flag Nellis AFB 2017-1 Intro & Red Airforce (Part 1)

RED FLAG 17-1

Red Flag 17-1 was held at Nellis Air Force Base between 23rd January and 10th February 2017

As usual, the exercise was conducted on the vast instrumented Combat Ranges north of Nellis and was organised by the 414th Combat Training Squadron, Nellis AFB. It followed the usual pattern of two airforces, The Blue Airforce Package with AWACS, Tankers, Bombers, SEAD Fighters and defending Fighters pitched against the Aggressor Squadrons of the Red Airforce.

This was the first time F-35A aircraft have taken part in a Red Flag exercise.

BLUE AIRFORCE 

ESCORT 

77th FS, 20th FW, Gamblers, Shaw AFB, SC – flying F-16CM aircraft

149th FS, 192nd FW,Commanders, Langley AFB – flying F-22A Aircraft

159th FS, 125th FW,Boxin Gators, Jacksonville, FL – flying F-15C/D Aircraft

34th FS, 388th FW, Rude Rams, Hill AFB, UT – flying F-35A Aircraft

176th FS, 115th FW, Badger Air Militia,Truax Field, WI – flying F-16 Aircraft

6 Squadron,Canopeners, RAF Lossiemouth, UK – flying Typhoon FGR4 Aircraft

INTERDICTION

34th BS, 28th BW, Thunderbirds, Ellsworth AFB, SD – flying B-1B Aircraft

37th BS, 28th BW, Tigers, Ellsworth AFB, SD – flying B-1B Aircraft

SEAD

VAQ-132, Scorpions,NAS Whitbey Island, WA – flying EA-18G aircraft

VAQ-134,Garudas, NAS Whitbey Island, WA – flying EA-18G Aircraft 

AIRLIFT

RAAF – flying C130J Aircraft

COMMAND and CONTROL

128th ACCS, Robins AFB, GA – flying E-8C aircraft 

RAAF – flying E-7 aircraft 

USAF and RAF – flying RC-135 aircraft 

SEARCH and RESCUE

55th RQS, Davis Montham AFB, AZ – flying HH-60G helicopters

REFUELLING

22nd ARW, McConnel AFB – flying KC-135R/T aircraft

927thARW, Macdill AFB – flying KC-135R Aircraft

92nd ARW, Fairchild AFB , WA – flying KC-135R aircraft

RAF – flying Voyager KC3 aircraft

RED AIRFORCE

64th AGRS, 57th ATG, Nellis AFB flying F-16C . These are painted in colours representing the former Communist country airforces and fly in a similar way to those countries, in order to give participating pilots a realistic training environment similar to that which they might encounter in a real engagement.

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RED FORCE  –  64 AGRS, 57 ATG