U.S., NATO Pilots Participate in Red Flag 2013 on Nevada Base

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A U.S. Air Force pilot sits in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft before takeoff during exercise Red Flag 13-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2012. The pilot is assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron. Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise conducted up to six times a year to prepare pilots from the United States, NATO and other allied countries for combat situations. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston
  • U.S. Air Force aircraft maintainers prepare an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron for a mission during exercise Red Flag 13-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2012. The airmen are assigned to the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston
  • U.S. Air Force crew chiefs perform final checks before the launch of eight F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron during exercise Red Flag 13-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2012. The crew chiefs are assigned to the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston
  • A Royal Air Force 12th Bomber Squadron crew chief performs preflight inspections on a Tornado GR4 during exercise Red Flag 13-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster
  • Three U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft prepare to depart for a training mission during exercise Red Flag 13-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo
  • A Royal Air Force Coningsby No.11 Squadron crew chief removes a pitot cover during a pre-flight inspection on a Typhoon aircraft during exercise Red Flag 13-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo
  • A Royal Air Force Coningsby No.11 Squadron pilot performs pre-flight cockpit checks on a Typhoon aircraft before a training mission during exercise Red Flag 13-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo
  • A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III lands on Nellis Air Foce Base, Nev., as three F-15C Eagles assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, hold short of the active runway before taking part in a training mission during exercise Red Flag 13-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo
  • U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots await take off for a night mission during exercise Red Flag 13-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2012. The pilots are assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston