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.
December 2017Beginning with the F-22A Raptor on the cover, the December issue of AFM includes fascinating exclusive coverage of warplanes in conflict: from the sophisticated French Air Force Rafales taking the fight to so-called Islamic State in Opération Chammal to the rugged L-159 ALCA that recently marked its second anniversary in Iraq.<br><br>As well as catching up with the 1st Fighter Wing Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis at RAF Lakenheath, other reports from the UK include a look at the implications for the country’s air arms in the run-up to the latest defence review.<br><br>A modern air arm is only as good as its training, a fact reflected in the work of the bi-national Advanced Jet Training School that schools Belgian Air Component jet pilots at Cazaux in southwest France, and the Luftwaffe’s Fighter Weapons School, which provides demanding training for top Eurofighter pilots. Meanwhile, Air Power Association President Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE looks at the challenges of providing future frontline pilots with operational readiness training that meets the demands of fifth-generation fighters.<br><br>Exercise Reports bring you the latest from Falcon Leap, an international paratrooper exercise organised by the Royal Netherlands Army’s 11 Air Mobile Brigade, and Grifone 2017 in Italy, which focused on mountain search and rescue. <br><br>AFM’s correspondents continue their round-up of European maritime patrol aircraft fleets, looking at Greece, Ireland and Italy, and analysis of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force concludes with an assessment of its latest structure and an up-to-date order of battle.<br><br>The Royal Thai Police Aviation Division is undergoing modernisation, with several helicopter types being replaced, as Dino van Doorn investigates, while Stephan de Bruijn reveals how time looks to be running out for the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s unique Gulfstream IV.<br><br>Among the regular features, you’ll also find all the world’s military aviation news, by region, and attrition.
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