A F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressors Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, takes off during Red Flag 14-1 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)

Photo Special: Red Flag 14-01

A Royal Australian Air Force 77th Squadron F/A-18 Hornet arriving at Nellis AFB on 23 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
A Royal Australian Air Force No. 77 Squadron F/A-18 Hornet arriving at Nellis AFB on 23 January 2014
(Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
The Royal Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force both join the US air forces in the first large scale Red Flag in the Nevada desert this year, held from 27 January to 14 February. Excellent work is being done by USAF staff photographers and we collected their best shots so far.

RAF Leuchars’s 6 Squadron sent its Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4s fighters, with Panavia Tornado GR.4s strike aircraft from RAF Marham and a E-3D Sentry Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) from RAF Waddington joining in for the simulated combat. The Royal Australian Air Force sent McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B Hornet fighters and the Boeing E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft.

Very well known with all military aviation enthousiasts: epicentre of the operations is Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, from where the participating aircraft will use the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). The vast operations theatre consists of 4,700 square miles (7562 km2) of land and 15,000 square miles (24,135 km2) of airspace.

The Royal Air Force opened a nice photo gallery of Red Flag 2014 but from the US Air Force staff photographers we got even more excellent hi-res material which screams to be seen! AIRheads↑Fly sends compliments to the Nellis Air Force Base Public Affairs office, and an especially warm thanks to the photographers: USAF airmen 1st class Jason Couillard, Joshua Kleinholz, Lorenz Crespo and Thomas Spangler.

Don’t forget to check out the Scramble Message Board Nellis AFB (KLSV/LSV) – MIL 2014 stream for a thorough list of participating aircraft and their serial numbers.

Sources: USAF / RAF / RAAF

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 assigned to the IX Bomber Squadron from Royal Air Force Station Marham, United Kingdom, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler / USAF)
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR.4 assigned to the IX Bomber Squadron from Royal Air Force Station Marham, United Kingdom, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler / USAF)
An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, takes off during Red Flag 14-1 at Nellis AFB, Nevada (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
A F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Micah Smith, 135th Electronic Attack Squadron flight captain, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, directs the pilot of an EA-18G Growler out of a parking spot prior to a training mission, 29 January 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base (Image © Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz / USAF)
USN Petty Officer 3rd Class Micah Smith, 135th Electronic Attack Squadron flight captain, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, directs the pilot of an EA-18G Growler out of a parking spot prior to a training mission, 29 January 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base (Image © Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz / USAF)
Five F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron await an end-of- runway inspection during Red Flag 14-, 24 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Lorenz Crespo / USAF)
Five F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron await an end-of-runway inspection during Red Flag 14-1, 24 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Lorenz Crespo / USAF)
Royal Air Force Flight Lt. Richard Woods (right), and Squadron Leader David Bouldon, (left), IX Bomber Squadron GR4 Tornado pilots from RAF Marham, United Kingdom, step away from their aircraft for a debrief following a training mission, 28 January 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base (Image © Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz / USAF)
Royal Air Force Flight Lt. Richard Woods (right), and Squadron Leader David Bouldon, (left), IX Bomber Squadron GR.4 Tornado pilots from RAF Marham, United Kingdom, step away from their aircraft for a debrief following a training mission, 28 January 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base (Image © Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz / USAF)
An USAF F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014  (Image © Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler / USAF)
An USAF F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler / USAF)
A F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressors Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, takes off during Red Flag 14-1 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
A F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressors Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, takes off during Red Flag 14-1 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
A pair of RAAF F/A-18A Hornets assigned to 77th Squadron take off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
A pair of RAAF F/A-18A Hornets assigned to No. 77 Squadron take off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014
(Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
The RAF E-3D Sentry assigned to the VIII Squadron at RAF Station Waddington, United Kingdeom, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Thomasd Spangler / USAF)
The RAF E-3D Sentry assigned to the VIII Squadron at RAF Station Waddington, United Kingdeom, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Thomasd Spangler / USAF)
An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, takes off during Red Flag 14-1, 28 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard / USAF)
Aircraft maintainers from the 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit, perform pre-flight checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 64th Aggressor Squadron before a Red Flag 14-1 training mission, 29 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz / USAF)
Aircraft maintainers from the 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit, perform pre-flight checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 64th Aggressor Squadron before a Red Flag 14-1 training mission,
29 January 2014 (Image © Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz / USAF)