Gallery – NAFB launches into Red Flag 16

An F-16 Fighting Falcon gets in position before takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016. Red Flag involves a variety of attack, fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, airlift support, and search and rescue aircraft.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016, during Red Flag 16-1. Red Flag involves a variety of attack, fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, airlift, support, and search and rescue aircraft. An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016, during Red Flag 16-1. Red Flag involves a variety of attack, fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, airlift, support, and search and rescue aircraft.

Maintainers from the U.S. Navy walk by F-15E Strike Eagles on the way to their jets at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016, during Red Flag 16-1. Four branches of the military and coalition partners participate in Red Flag. The training is conducted to familiarize forces for working together in future operations. Maintainers from the U.S. Navy walk by F-15E Strike Eagles on the way to their jets at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016, during Red Flag 16-1. Four branches of the military and coalition partners participate in Red Flag. The training is conducted to familiarize forces for working together in future operations.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prepares for takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016. Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and allied air forces conducting training operations on the 15,000 square mile Nevada Test and Training Range. An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prepares for takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016. Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and allied air forces conducting training operations on the 15,000 square mile Nevada Test and Training Range.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon gets in position before takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016. Red Flag involves a variety of attack, fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, airlift support, and search and rescue aircraft. An F-16 Fighting Falcon gets in position before takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016. Red Flag involves a variety of attack, fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, airlift support, and search and rescue aircraft.

Crew members from the 157th Fighter Wing, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., conduct pre-flight checks on an F-16CJ during Red Flag 16-1 Jan. 25, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Four branches of the U.S. military and air forces from allied nations participate in Red Flag. The training is conducted to familiarize forces for working together in future operations. Crew members from the 157th Fighter Wing, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., conduct pre-flight checks on an F-16CJ during Red Flag 16-1 Jan. 25, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Four branches of the U.S. military and air forces from allied nations participate in Red Flag. The training is conducted to familiarize forces for working together in future operations.

A pilot from the 104th Fighter Wing, 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., waits for instruction from his crew chief in preparation for takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 Jan. 26, 2016, at Nellis AFB. Flying units from around the globe deploy to Nellis AFB to participate in Red Flag, where it is held four times a year and organized by the 414th Combat Training Squadron. A pilot from the 104th Fighter Wing, 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., waits for instruction from his crew chief in preparation for takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 Jan. 26, 2016, at Nellis AFB. Flying units from around the globe deploy to Nellis AFB to participate in Red Flag, where it is held four times a year and organized by the 414th Combat Training Squadron.

An F-22 Raptor from the 325th Fighter Wing, 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., takes off from Nellis AFB to participate in a Red Flag 16-1 exercise Jan. 26, 2016. Red Flag is celebrating its 41st anniversary with Red Flag being a realistic combat training exercise involving the air, space and cyber forces of the U.S. and its allies, and is conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges on the Nevada Test and Training Range. An F-22 Raptor from the 325th Fighter Wing, 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., takes off from Nellis AFB to participate in a Red Flag 16-1 exercise Jan. 26, 2016. Red Flag is celebrating its 41st anniversary with Red Flag being a realistic combat training exercise involving the air, space and cyber forces of the U.S. and its allies, and is conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges on the Nevada Test and Training Range.