Oldest U.S. active fighter squadron participates in Red Flag 21-3

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., takes off during Red Flag 21-3, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20, 2021. The 27th Fighter Squadron is the oldest active fighter squadron in the United States Air Force, with over 100 years of service to the nation.
 
 
 
 
 
 

(Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

Capt. Zachary Helton, F-22 Raptor pilot assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., performs pre-flight checks before taking off for Red Flag 21-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20, 2021. Red Flag began in 1975 as an aerial-combat exercise but has evolved to include war-fighting across air, space and cyberspace domains.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

Senior Airman Evan Riner, crew chief assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, performs pre-flight checks before launching his jet to participate in Red Flag 21-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20, 2021. Red Flag trains pilots and air crews together to build a more lethal, resilient and adaptable coalition force.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

A pilot assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., prepares to participate in Red Flag 21-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20, 2021. The 27th Fighter Squadron traces its lineage back to May 8, 1917, at Kelly Field, Texas, when it was stood up as the 21st (later 27th) Aero Squadron. The squadron deployed to France and fought on the Western Front during World War I as a pursuit squadron. It took part in the Champagne-Marne defensive; Aisne-Marne offensive; St. Mihiel offensive, and Meuse-Argonne offensive. During World War II the unit served in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations as part of 12th Air Force as a P-38 Lightning fighter squadron, participating in the North African and Italian campaigns. During the Cold War it was both an Air Defense Command fighter-interceptor squadron as later as part of Tactical Air Command. It was the first U.S. Air Force operational squadron equipped with the F-15A Eagle in January 1976.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

An EC-130H Compass Call from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., prepares to land during Red Flag 21-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20, 2021. Red Flag began in 1975 as an aerial-combat exercise but has evolved to include war-fighting across air, space and cyberspace domains.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

Senior Airman Evan Riner, crew chief assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., performs pre-flight checks before launching his jet to participate in Red Flag 21-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20, 2021. Red Flag trains pilots and air crews together to build a more lethal, resilient and adaptable coalition force.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

Senior Airman Evan Riner, crew chief assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., launches an F-22 Raptor participating in Red Flag 21-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20, 2021. The 27th FS was the first F-22 operational squadron.
 
 
 

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