Exercise Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Since 1975, air crews from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and numerous NATO or other allied nations’ air forces; take part in one of several Red Flag exercises held during the year, each of which is two weeks in duration. This year, all the eyes were on the new JSF F-35… and it didn’t disappoint.
During this year’s Red Flag 17-1 exercise, the JSF F-35A Lightning II scored an impressive final kill ratio of 20:1, which pinned the new aircraft against the U.S. Air Force’s daunting aggressor squadrons. This video follows F-35A Lightning II from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB as it participates in Red Flag 17-1, with sound bites courtesy of Captain Tim Six, an F-35A Pilot.
20:1? That’s impressive.
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