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RAAF arrives in Vegas for Red Flag – UPDATED

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 3, 2014

The RAAF has deployed seven F/A-18 ’classic’ Hornets and an E-7 Wedgetail AEW&C to Las Vegas for Exercise Red Flag 14-1.

Led by OC 81WG GPCAPT Robert Chipman, the deployment is the first major exercise of 2014 for the RAAF and will comprise an intense two-week campaign of day and night missions against real target sets and adversary representative fighters, and high-fidelity electronic and air defence systems over the Nevada Test & Training Range.

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“Exercise Red Flag is the most advanced international air combat training activity in the world,” Commander Air Combat Group, AIRCDRE Tony Grady said in a release. “It provides our pilots, combat controllers and intelligence officers with the most realistic and demanding tactical training available. Exercise Red Flag is designed to not only test, but also teach the crews through a rigorous flying program of day and night missions against a large number of ground threats and adversary air.”

A 77SQN F/A-18AS heads out to the Nellis ranges on a pre-exercise famil flight. (Defence)
A 77SQN F/A-18AS heads out to the Nellis ranges on a pre-exercise famil flight. (Defence)

Red Flag 14-1 is also being attended by combat units from the USAF (F-22, F-16C/CM, F-15C, F-15E, E-3, B-2, EC-130, E-8, RC-135, HC-130, HH-60, KC-135), USN (EA-18G, P-3C, EP-3E), USMC (EA-6B & F/A-18) and the RAF (E-3D, Typhoon & Tornado).

Seven F/A-18 'classics' from 77SQN are participating in Red Flag 14-1. (defence)
Seven F/A-18 ‘classics’ from 77SQN are participating in Red Flag 14-1. (defence)

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5 Comments

  • Matthew

    says:

    Can anyone confirm the dates for Pitch Black 2014?

    • australianaviation.com.au

      says:

      I don’t have exact dates, but late July into early August is my info.

      Cheers
      Andrew

  • Matthew

    says:

    Thanks

  • paul davis

    says:

    Matthew,i think some Typhoons and Rafaels are coming to town i heard.

  • Matthew

    says:

    The only thing I have seen is an article that talks about the UAE air force participating for the first time. In that article it also mentions French, Netherlands, Singapore, Korea, Thailand and USA participation. Rafaels and Typhoons would be great to see. I want to book flights to Darwin but I don’t know the dates. I guess early August would be the best option.

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