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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz

Lead Aircraftsmen Ernesto Miranda, from 1 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Amberley, Australia, performs avionics checks on an F/A 18F Super Hornet prior to a round of Red Flag 16-1 night training sorties Feb. 8 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In addition to daytime operations, Red Flag conducts training missions during hours of darkness to train for low-visibility conflict environments.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

A maintainer assigned to the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., runs diagnostics on the hood of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 2. Maintainers are responsible for ensuring their aircraft are airborne ready to meet each day’s mission.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

Maintainers from the 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., prepare their assigned aircraft for a round of Red Flag 16-1 night training sorties Feb. 8 at Nellis AFB, Nev. Night missions play a crucial role in Red Flag exercises, allowing aircrews and maintainers the opportunity to test their skills in challenging low-light conditions.
 
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Eurofighter Typhoons assigned to 3 Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force, Coningsby, U.K., await preparation for a round of Red Flag 16-1 night training sorties Feb. 8 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During Red Flag exercises, the Nellis AFB flightline can be home to more than 160 U.S. Air Force, joint service and coalition aircraft.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, Calif., taxis toward the runway prior to a Red Flag 16-1 night training mission Feb. 8 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. National Guard and Reserve units from across the country join their active duty counterparts for some of the most realistic air combat training in the world orchestrated by Nellis’ 414th Combat Training Squadron since 1975.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mikaley Kline

Master Sgt. Josh Velders, 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a pre-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 2. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving air, space and cyber forces of joint and coalition air force from around the world.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz

Staff Sgt. Ladarius Boyd, 169th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Crew Chief, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., performs avionics checks on an F-16CJ Fighting Falcon prior to a round of Red Flag 16-1 night training sorties Feb. 8 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In addition to joint service and coalition aircraft from around the world, National Guard and Reserve units commonly form a large contingent of the Red Flag “Blue Force.”