Nellis Air Force Base Flying Operations

Exercises & Flight Operations

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., is one of the largest fighter bases in the world. Aircraft from Nellis operate on the Nevada Test and Training Range, which offers more than 15,000 square miles of airspace and 4,700 square miles of restricted land. More than 75 percent of all live munitions used by the Air Force for training are dropped on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Many communities in southern Nevada see and hear Nellis aircraft 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From 100 feet above the ground to twice the speed of sound, Nellis conducts advanced combat training, performs operational test and evaluation, and develops tactics.

Red Flag

Red Flag

414th Combat Training Squadron "RED FLAG" Factsheet

Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise. Participants often include both United States and allied nations' combat air forces. The exercise provides aircrews the experience of multiple, intensive air combat sorties in the safety of a training environment.

Green Flag - West

Green Flag - West

Green Flag - West aircraft and crews fly from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in support of ground combat training at the U.S. Army National Training Center in Fort Irwin (Barstow), California.

USAF Weapons School


U.S. Air Force Weapons School


U.S. Air Force Weapons School Integration (WSINT) is a series of complex, large-force employment missions that serve as the capstone portion of Weapons School classes, which take place twice a year. WSINT involves the planning and execution of every aspect of air, space and cyber combat operations, with joint force components converging over the Nevada Test and Training Range.


WSINT demonstrates the strategic advantage of multi-domain, integrated command and control and produces leaders capable of delivering success in a spectrum ranging from small tactical teams to strategic transformational change.


Training during WSINT follows lines of operations designed to support U.S. Air Force doctrinal missions. Currently, those lines of operations and missions sets include:


Operation MOJAVE SHIELD – Defensive counterair – Integrate air and missile defense to deter and defeat an adversary.


Operation INSTANT THUNDER – Offensive counterair – Gain freedom of maneuver throughout a joint operations area.


Operation CROSSBOW – Offensive counterair/dynamic targeting – Neutralize an adversary’s surface-to-surface missiles, weapons of mass destruction, and power projection capabilities.


Operation LUMBERJACK – Counterland – Conduct theater interdiction, strike coordination and reconnaissance, and close air support to break an adversary’s will/capacity for resistance.


Operation COYOTE FREEDOM – Air Mobility Support/irregular warfare/special operations – Seize key facilities in the joint operations area and set stage for decisive operations.


Operation SKYTRAIN – Strategic attack/space and cyber operations/special operations – Employ special operations forces and strategic attack assets to shape the battlespace and neutralize centers of gravity. 

Featured Links