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Red Flag 23-1 to bring increased noise Jan. 23 – Feb. 10

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Southern Nevada residents may notice increased noise from military aircraft as the Air Force conducts Red Flag 23-1 from Jan. 23 to Feb. 10.

Nearly 100 aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day and could remain in the air for up to five hours during this large-scale exercise. There will also be night launches to allow for air crew training during nighttime combat operations.

During Red Flag 23-1, Nellis will welcome close to 3,000 participants from all branches of the U.S. military service, and from the Royal Air (U.K.) and Australian Air Forces.  The 355th Wing from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, will take command as the lead wing over the participating aircraft, including the F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, B-52 Stratofortress, and the Australian E-7 Wedgetail.

Nellis has hosted Red Flag exercises since 1975 to provide aircrews the experience of multiple, intensive air combat sorties in the safety of a training environment. There are three iterations of Red Flag annually: one U.S. only, one open to FVEY (Five Eyes) participants and another that welcomes an expanded roster of international allies and partners. The training occurs at Nellis AFB 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.

For more information about Red Flag or Nellis Air Force Base, contact the Nellis Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at (702) 652-2719 or by email at