[Photo Report] A wide variety of modern combat planes (including strategic bombers) at Red Flag 12-4 at Nellis Air Force Base

Although the Colombian Air Force detachment was, at least for aircraft spotters, the highlight of Red Flag 12-4, many other interesting assets took part to the world’s most realistic exercise.

During Red Flag 12-4 more than 70 aircraft belonging to the following U.S. forces departed Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas:

  • 48th FW. 493rd FS. F-15c’s from RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.
  • 388th FW. 421st FS. F-16CM’s from Hill AFB, Utah.
  • 23rd Wing. 74th FS. A-10C’s Moody AFB, GA.
  • 5th BW. 34th BS. B-52’s from Minot AFB, N.D.
  • 28th BW. 34BS. B-1B’s from Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
  • Marine Tact Electronic Warfare Squadron 3. EA-6B’s from MCAS Cherry Point, N.C.
  • U.S. Navy Electronic Attack Sqd 209. EA-6B’s from Joint base Andrews, Md.
  • 53rd W. 422nd Test and Evaluation Sqd. F-16CJ’s from Nellis AFB, NV.
  • 53rd W. 85th Test and Evaluation Sqd. F-16CJ’s from Nellis AFB, NV.
  • 552nd ACW. 964th ACS. From Tinker AFB, Okla.
  • 432nd W. 15th Reconnaissance Sqd. RQ-1’s from Creech AFB, NV
  • 92nd ARW. 93rd and 92nd ARS. KC-135R’s from Fairchild AFB, Wash.

In addition to the U.S. aircraft, the United Arab Emirates flying F-16s (and, obviously, the Colombian Air Force).

Image credit: The Aviationist’s Tony Lovelock

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.