F/A-18 Hornets from No 3 Squadron join in formation with Japan Air Self Defence Force F-15s and a Boeing 767 air-to-air refueller during Exercise Red Flag Alaska 11-2.
Seven F/A-18 Hornets from RAAF Williamtowns No 3 Squadron in NSW are participating in world-class air combat training in the skies above Alaska from 11 until 22 July. The fighter jets will operate from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to participate in the most advanced international air combat training activity, Exercise Red Flag.
Red Flag is a United States Pacific Air Forces Command led large force employment exercise designed to replicate a high-end combat environment. This is one of the largest exercises Australia will participate in this year. Regular participation in the Red Flag exercise series is a major contributor to Australias high standard of air combat capability.
The coalition exercise will involve participants from Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
Red Flag Alaska is a large-forces exercise conducted in interior Alaska to simulate air combat. Australia last participated in Red Flag Alaska in 2008 and has participated in the exercise series since 1980.
July 2018Korea hasn’t been far from the headlines in recent months and our July issue brings special coverage of air power in the region. Osan and Kunsan Air Bases are home to the US Air Force’s cutting edge in South Korea and include the most forward, permanently deployed fighter squadron in the service. We visited both. The USAF also takes the North Korean missile threat extremely seriously, and former strategic reconnaissance pilot Robert S Hopkins III examines the hazardous work of airborne intelligence-gatherers around the peninsula. Finally, we look at the Republic of Korea Air Force and the challenges it faces should a second Korean war erupt. Fourteen full NATO Tiger members brought more than 70 aircraft and helicopters to Poland for the first Tiger Meet staged in a former Warsaw Pact country. AFM was on hand, and it’s a stunning multinational trio of Eurofighters that graces the cover of the July issue. The Royal Air Force’s spy plane community, known as the ISTAR Force, plays a critical part in daily operations. Alan Warnes outlines its capabilities and talks to Air Commodore Dean Andrew about its future, while regular columnist Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE describes what’s now a key element of contemporary warfare. Meanwhile, as the initial F-35Bs return to the UK to form the RAF’s No 617 Squadron, Jamie Hunter talks to the team that’s testing new weapons and taking the aircraft to the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier. European fast jet coverage comprises a review of the Royal Danish Air Force’s deployment of F-16s to Lithuania to take over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, and we look back on the illustrious career of the French Air Force’s Mirage 2000N, before the nuclear deterrence variant of the acclaimed delta fighter stands down. Regular features include Exercise Reports from Frisian Flag and European Air Refuelling Training (EART), while Force Report concludes its analysis of the Croatian Air Force.
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