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Red Flag 23-2 to bring increased noise March 12-24

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Southern Nevada residents may notice increased noise from military aircraft as the Air Force conducts Red Flag 23-2 from March 12–24.

Close to 100 aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day and may remain in the air for up to five hours during this large-scale exercise. Also, expect aircraft noise during nighttime and weekend launches. Saturday launches will be rescheduled to Sunday out of respect for Israeli Air Force participants’ observation of the Sabbath.

During Red Flag 23-2, Nellis will also welcome members from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Space Force and Air National Guard. The various units will work together to accomplish complex mission scenarios against aggressor forces assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron here at Nellis AFB. The 20th Fighter Wing from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, will take command as the lead wing over aircraft participating, including the F-35 Lightning II, B-1B Lancer and E-3G Sentry.

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 and to stay up to date about Red Flag or Nellis Air Force Base, follow @NellisAFB on social media or contact the Nellis Air Force Base Public Affairs office at (702) 652-2719 or