Mad Hatters strike at Red Flag

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew
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U.S. Air Force Major Oliver Roe, 492nd Fighter Squadron pilot, gets ready for a sortie in preparation for exercise Red Flag 16-4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug 12. Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise and one of a series of advanced training programs that is administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and executed through the 414th Combat Training Squadron.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — F-15E Strike Eagles, personnel and equipment from the 492nd Fighter Squadron out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England kicked-off exercise Red Flag 16-4, to conduct air combat training with joint and U.S. allies combat air forces at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 15.

The exercise is held four times annually at Nellis, with the goal to prepare warfighters and support personnel from around the world for air combat in a realistic training environment from planning to execution on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

“This is a great training opportunity for us,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Hund, 492nd Fighter Squadron commander. “Exercises like Red Flag give us the ability to train to the high-end fight in a peacetime environment, and teach us to survive and win together.”

Over the next two weeks, the Mad Hatters will test their skills against realistic threat systems and an opposing enemy force that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.

“As the core fighter squadron for this exercise, it’s important that the 492nd set the tone and start this iteration of Red Flag off on the right foot,” said Hund.

F-15E Strike Eagles from the 492nd Fighter Squadron are parked in preparation for exercise Red Flag 16-4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug 13. Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise and one of a series of advanced training programs that is administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and executed through the 414th Combat Training Squadron.

Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise and one of a series of advanced training programs that is administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and executed through the 57th Wing’s 414th Combat Training Squadron. The exercise has expanded to include all spectrums of warfare (command, control, intelligence, electronic warfare) during day and night missions with the goal to improve tactics and increase aircraft and aircrew capabilities.
 

Maintainers from the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conduct a post-flight check of an F-15E Strike Eagle in preparation for exercise Red Flag 16-4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug 13. Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise and one of a series of advanced training programs that is administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and executed through the 414th Combat Training Squadron.

 

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 492nd Fighter Squadron awaits clearance to taxi for a sortie in preparation for exercise Red Flag 16-4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug 12. Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise and one of a series of advanced training programs that is administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and executed through the 414th Combat Training Squadron.

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