Watch 20 Eurofighters From the Italian, German and Spanish Air Force Take Off From Nellis AFB During Red Flag 20-2.

A Spanish air force Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft ascends in preparation for Red Flag 20-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 6, 2020. The Typhoon is a new generation multi-role/ swing-role combat aircraft and offers wide-range operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Lewis)

An interesting clip shows the amount of Eurofighters (and other European aircraft, including the Italian F-35s at their first Red Flag) taking part in RF20-2.

I wrote that RF 20-2, currently underway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, would be a sort-of “European Red Flag” when I reported about the Spanish Eurofighters on their way to the U.S. via Lajes Field, Azores. In fact, along with the Spanish aircraft, the current RF is attended by the Italian F-35A and F-2000 Typhoons, accompanied by the G550 CAEW, by the German Eurofighters and Tornado, as well as by NATO E-3A AWACS normally based at Geilenkirchen, Germany.

The following video shows almost all the European aircraft taking part in RF 20-2 (most of those performed a “Flex” departure) launching and then recovering at the end of a RF “wave”. You can see the AEW (Airborne Early Warning) aircraft depart first, followed by the rest of the aircraft, including the Italian Air Force F-35As of the 13° Gruppo (Squadron) of the 32° Stormo (Wing) of the Italian Air Force at their first Red Flag ever.

While the video focuses on the European fighters, you can also spot the U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets (carrying AGM-88 Harm missiles) of VMFA-232 recovering after a mission. Many other U.S. aircraft are taking part in this Flag, including 5th and 2nd BW B-52s, 20th FW F-16s and 62nd FS F-35As.

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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.