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When it come to military exercises, Red Flag is one that grabs the attention of aviation enthusiasts from all around the world. Held at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, Red Flag is held multiple times through the year to provide highly realistic training to crews of not only the U.S. Armed Forces, but to our allies as well. Nellis is home to the 57th Wing, which operates an immense number of units that each support different roles for training conducted constantly throughout the year. The 414th Combat Training Squadron (CTS) is the unit in charge of organizing and conducting the Red Flag sorties on the incredibly vast Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) North-West of Nellis AFB. The NTTR occupies 2.9 million acres and 5,000 miles of air space only accessible to military aircraft. A few of the units that call Nellis home include:
- United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron
- 64th Aggressor Squadron
- 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron "Green Bats"
- 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron
-433rd Weapons Squadron "Satan's Angels"
- 16th Weapons Squadron "Tomahawks"
Red Flag 16-1 was held from January 25 to February 12 and included aircraft from the United States Air Force and Navy as well as aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF).
Red Flag 16-1