Red Flag

RAF Tornado Navigator recalls when his Tonka was stenciled with an F-117 zap after it made an emergency landing at Tonopah AFB, home of the then top-secret Nighthawk

I said to a guard, “I suppose you have to wait until the surveillance satellites are clear before you fly… Read More

9 months ago

FB-111 Pilot recalls when flying at Mach 1.2 at 200 feet during a Red Flag exercise he blew out the windows and a door of a Winnebago type RV that got lost into a restricted area

‘My crew chief asked if I wanted him to paint a Winnebago sillouette on the fuselage to record my “kill,"’… Read More

12 months ago

Israeli Air Force F-35I Adir stealth fighters participate in Red Flag for first time

The F-35I Adir’s participation in Red Flag 23-2 marks the first time the aircraft has been deployed to the US.… Read More

1 year ago

Former US Navy Operations Specialist explains why although there are many threats that could potentially shoot down the F-22, the Raptor is still the winner

‘Yes, there are threats out there that can defeat the F-22. They just cannot do it fast enough for it… Read More

2 years ago

Red Flag training area expanded by almost three times the size as prior iterations during exercise Red Flag 22-3 because of dedicated fifth-generation aggressors

"The airspace expansion agreement is a critical bridge that allows Red Flag to more accurately replicate an advanced threat,” Lt.… Read More

2 years ago

At Red Flag 21-3 F-35 Aggressor Pilots are making already daunting training scenarios more difficult to successfully overcome

‘My job is to give blue the absolute toughest day that I can. And the way for me to do… Read More

3 years ago

The F-35A Lightning II is playing the role of Aggressor at Red Flag for the First Time

With both F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightning IIs flying as adversaries (with the latter playing this role for the very… Read More

3 years ago

Hill AFB F-35A pilots take on ‘impossible to replicate’ scenarios at Red Flag 21-1

During Red Flag 21-1, Hill AFB fighter pilots were primarily tasked with using the fifth generation sensors and stealth capabilities… Read More

3 years ago

USAF establishes Black Flag Exercise, the test counterpart to Red Flag

Established as the test counterpart to Red Flag, an event designed to train like we fight, Black Flag allows the… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the RAF Phantom that made an emergency landing at Tonopah AFB and was stenciled with an “F-117 DON’T ASK” zap

The diversion took place on Nov. 9, 1989, and the aircraft was Phantom FGR.2 serial XV476. As we have reported… Read More

3 years ago

Nellis confirms first case of COVID 2019 at Red Flag 20-2. Flight operations for the Exercise Interrupted.

A NATO service member, who was at the base for Red Flag 20-2, has tested positive and is under isolation.… Read More

4 years ago

This E-3 Driver is the Third AWACS Pilot to serve as Red Flag Mission Commander

During the execution phase, Radford led the entire 75-minute mission of 20 different aircraft including the F-35A/B Lightning II, the… Read More

4 years ago

Former Swedish Air Force Flight Engineer explains how the Saab Gripen can Dogfight and Win Against (Almost) Any Dissimilar Aircraft

‘Gripen first participated in Red Flag 2006 with the Gripen A. It was assigned to the red team. It scored… Read More

4 years ago

The Incredible Story of the F-15C Eagle Driver that was able to Take-Off with a Double Engine Failure

“As I gently pulled back on the stick, the jet slowly lifted into the air with significant AoA buffet. Basically,… Read More

4 years ago

“The A-10 is like Chewbacca with chainsaw arms,” USAF F-35 pilot says

“I loved the A-10 and its mission. It’s like a flying tank. A very raw flying experience,” Capt. James Rosenau,… Read More

5 years ago