F-22 Raptors at Red Flag 16-1.
Taken at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nev. on Jan. 25, 2016 the following interesting images feature 95th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptors from Tyndall AFB during Red Flag 16-1.
The presence of U.S. Air Force fifth generation fighter will bring the exercise to a new level: in fact the jet’s stealth, advanced avionics, communication and sensory capabilities will further enhance the capabilities of the other aircraft taking part in the drill.
Held at Nellis AFB from Jan. 25 to Feb. 12, the first of 2016 Red Flags is one of the largest ever as explained by Senior Master Sgt. Richard McCorkle, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Superintendent: “It’s one of the biggest Red Flags ever, and anytime we can train at this large of a scale, and make ourselves better for when we deploy, it is a great opportunity. It’s a good feeling to be here, we’re eager to showcase our abilities and what the F-22 Raptor really can do.”
More than 130 aircraft and 3,000 support personnel from 24 U.S. Air Force squadrons and 4 squadrons each from Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force are involved in Red Flag 16-1.
Image credit: U.S. Air Force