Forty-two years ago, on the morning of 21 November 1980, Red Flag training operations at Nellis AFB became disrupted when a fire swept through the luxury MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Although 85 people perished in the blaze and 650 sustained injuries, more may have died from fire and smoke inhalation if not for the quick response of Air Force personnel and equipment diverted from the training exercise. At the time of the fire, the 26-story building’s 2,000 rooms contained about 5,000 people.
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