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Red Flag 24-2 to bring increased noise March 11 – March 23

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Southern Nevada residents may notice increased noise from military aircraft as the U.S. Air Force conducts Red Flag 24-2 from March 11 to March 23.

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 aircrew to simulate training during nighttime combat operations.

During Red Flag 24-2, Nellis will welcome approximately 1,500 participants from the USAF, Marine Corps, Navy, Air National Guard and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The 366th Fighter Wing from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, will take command as the lead wing over a diverse set of aircraft, including the RNLAF’s F-35 Lightning II.

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