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12-10-09, 14:44
Well a bit of a brief background on what Red Flag is.

Taken from Wiki:

RED FLAG is an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and Eielson Air Force Base Alaska. Since 1975, air crew from the United States Air Force (USAF) and other U.S. military branches and allies take part in the exercises, each of which is six weeks in duration. Red Flag is similar to the U.S. Navy's Top Gun aerial combat training school.

The Red Flag exercises, conducted in four-to-six cycles a year by the 414th Combat Training Squadron of the 57th Wing, are very realistic aerial war games. The purpose is to train pilots from the U.S., NATO and other allied countries for real combat situations. This includes the use of "enemy" hardware and live ammunition for bombing exercises within the Nevada Test and Training Range.

To give you the scope of the exercise, in 2008 15 countries participated in the exercise and they brought everything from Tornados, to F-15s, to new Generation Typhoons and F-22s. To everyone's surprise, the Typhoon really held its own against the F-22.

So who is looking forward to next year's exercise?