Red Flag: Air Combat for the 21st Century

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MBI Pub., 2006 - History - 128 pages
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Red Flag takes the reader behind the scenes of the biggest, most complex, high-tech military exercise conducted anywhere in the world. The Red Flag exercises, which take place at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas, brings together the U.S. Air Force and aircraft and crews from its allies around the world for two weeks of training that is as intense and demanding as actual combat. Red Flag: Air Combat for the 21st Century offers a complete history and an unprecedented insider’s view of the fully integrated, war-conditions exercise that uses the largest combat range on the planet—the size of Connecticut—and involves every kind of military aircraft and asset, from fighters, tankers, and bombers to helicopters, satellites, and unmanned aircraft. With dynamic photos and firsthand description, the book also gives readers a close-up look at the modern and upgraded version of Red Flag—Joint Red Flag, an all-new exercise integrating live and virtual elements in a seamless campaign that challenges warfighters and tests command and control procedures, processes, and architecture.

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Tyson V. Rininger is the top photographer for the International Council of Air Shows. His photos and articles have been published in numerous magazines including multiple covers for AirShows Magazine and World Airshow News. He also works with many other publications, including Air & Space Smithsonian, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Flight Journal, Aircraft Illustrated, and Combat Aircraft Magazine. Rininger resides in Monterey, California.

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