A five-ship of U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron fly a sortie. The USAFADS’s switch to the T-38 also saw an alteration of the flight routine to exhibit the aircraft’s maneuverability in tight turns during the 1970s.
U.S. Air Force Security Police practice securing an area during a Silver Flag Alpha exercise in the 1980s, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In 1975, Red Flag air-to-air exercises were started and in 1990, the Air Warrior, now Green Flag-West, air-to-ground training mission moved to Nellis AFB.
57th Equipment Maintenance Squadron specialists check on a problem with the landing gear on a jet in the 1990s at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Civilians operated at Nellis to augment the military force. Today, as part of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, units at Nellis continue to provide training for composite strike forces that include every type of aircraft in the Air Force inventory.
Airman second class James M. Wall (left) and Staff Sgt. Walter F. Lowery insert forward guide fins into a GAM-83 Bullpup in the 1970s, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The air-to-surface missile was being armed for a training mission by an F-105 Thunderchief. Las Vegas Air Force Base was renamed Nellis AFB in honor of 1st Lt. William Harrel Nellis in the 1950s.
An F-4 Phantom assigned to the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing touches down during a Red Flag exercise in the 1980s, at Nellis Air Force base, Nev. Nellis AFB began as the Las Vegas Army Air Field in late 1941, reopened as Las Vegas AFB in 1949 and was renamed Nellis AFB in 1950.
An F-117A Nighthawk lands after completing a training mission in April of 1990, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Nevada Test and Training Range is responsible for developing, maintaining, and operating facilities on the NTTR to satisfy requirements for a realistic combat environment.
An F/A-22 Raptor is marshaled in by Tech.Sgt. Greg Auzenne, 57th Raptor Squadron crew chief July 9, 2003, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Raptor was flown to Nellis from the factory by Maj. David Thole, an operational test pilot from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. This brings the number of F-22s at Nellis to four.
Jon Wood, driver of the Air Force car, shows his racing helmet to crew chiefs from the 57th Wing March 8th, 2007, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Wood is at Nellis visiting Airmen before his NASCAR Nextel Cup UAW Daimler-Chrysler 400 on Sunday, March 10.
A two-ship of F/A-18 Hornets, U.S. Marine Corps, fly in a training mission during Red Flag 12-3 March 9, 2012, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Red Flag is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the United States Air Force Warfare Center.
Staff Sgt. Kendrick Passey, 58th Rescue Squadron Pararescueman, unhooks himself from a rope after repelling down portraying a real live scenario of a down pilot rescue at the opening ceremony during the National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 9, 2007, held at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas. The National Finals Rodeo is the premier championship rodeo event in the United States and is held each year during the first full week of December.
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron taxis down the runway before a training mission April 4, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 422 TES will design the tactics for the F-35A. The squadron will also determine how to integrate the F-35A with other aircraft in the Air Force inventory.