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Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas is home to one of the most sophisticated military training facilities in the world. With over 12,000 square miles of airspace, the Nellis Range is home to the famous "Red Flag" training exercises, where over 100 NATO and USAF combat aircraft engage hostile air and ground threats, unrestricted, at supersonic speeds, in a real-world environment, offering pilots invaluable experience in real-world air combat situations. As one aviator said after returning from a mission over Baghdad in the first Gulf War, "this is really tough, but it's not as intense as Red Flag."
RED FLAG shows what it is like at these extraordinary exercises, following the scenarios as the Red and Blue teams engage each other over the desert. Meet the instructors who devise new scenarios, hear from the pilots who endure them, and take in the view from the cockpit during actual drills.