NAFB launches into Red Flag 16-1

An F-22 Raptor from the 325th Fighter Wing, 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., takes off from Nellis AFB to participate in a Red Flag 16-1 exercise Jan. 26. Red Flag is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.

Crew members from the 157th Fighter Wing, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., conduct pre-flight checks on an F-16CJ during Red Flag 16-1 Jan. 25 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. All four branches of the U.S. military and air forces from allied nations participate in Red Flag. The training is conducted to familiarize forces for working together in future operations.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon gets in position before take-off during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan 25. Flying units from around the globe deploy to Nellis AFB to participate in Red Flag, the exercise is held four times a year and organized by the 414th Combat Squadron.

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prepares for take-off during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25. Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and allied air forces conducting training operations on the 15,000 square mile Nevada Test and Training Range.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25 during Red Flag 16-1. Red Flag involves a variety of attack, fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, air lift support, and search and rescue aircraft.

Senior Airman Aaron Wilson, a crew chief assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., places parking chocks against the tire of an F-15E Strike Eagle during pre-flight checks as part of Red Flag 16-1, Jan. 25. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air, space and cyber forces of the U.S. and its allies, and is conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

Crew members from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., carry equipment away after working on an F-15E during Red Flag 16-1, Jan 25 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Red Flag exercise provides allied air forces personnel an opportunity to train in a joint combat environment.

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