Red Flag 10-04 kicks off July 19

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Southern Nevada residents may notice increased military aircraft activity as the Air Force conducts Red Flag 10-4 July 19-30.

Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is hosted north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range--the U.S. Air Force's premier military training area with more than 12,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land. With 1,900 possible targets, realistic threat systems and an opposing enemy force that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, Nellis and the NTTR are the home of a "peacetime battlefield," providing combat air forces with the ability to train to fight together, survive together and win together.

The 414th Combat Training Squadron is responsible for executing Red Flag and the exercise is just one of a series of advanced training programs administered at Nellis AFB and on the NTTR by organizations assigned to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.

More than 70 aircraft will depart Nellis twice a day, in the mid-morning and again around 5 p.m. Aircraft may remain in the air for up to four hours. The flying times are scheduled to accommodate the other flying missions at Nellis and provide Red Flag participants with valuable training in planning and executing a wide-variety of combat missions.

The exercise will include U.S. forces aircraft from Nevada, North Carolina, California, South Carolina, Washington, Oklahoma and Kansas flying F-15s, F-16s, EA-6Bs, EA-18Gs, E-3s, F/A-18s, MC-130s and KC-135s. In addition to U.S. aircraft, the Royal Saudi Air Force will take part with the F-15S and the Pakistan Air Force will participate in their first-ever Red Flag with F-16Bs. The Republic of Singapore Air Force detachment at Luke AFB, Ariz. will also be participating with F-16CGs and NATO is providing additional E-3 support.

For a complete list of participating aircraft for both exercises, visit For more information about Red Flag, call the Nellis Public Affairs Office at (702) 652-2750.

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