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Unread post12 Aug 2020, 22:54

F-35A joins Red Flag-Alaska, soars to new heights
12 Aug 2020 Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

"EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNS) -- Throughout the years, numerous types of aircraft have flown in the Alaskan skies during Red Flag-Alaska. This year, a new fifth-generation fighter joins the fight. The 356th Fighter Squadron and 388th Fighter Wing’s F-35A Lightning IIs are the first F-35s to participate in the U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise.

“The purpose of Red Flag-Alaska is to provide training for the aircrew participating on the blue-air side in order to increase mission readiness and prepare them for combat operations,” said Lt. Col. Randolph Kinsey, 18th Aggressor Squadron commander.

Unlike recent RF-A exercises, the F-35s have given the 354th FW a chance to have the ‘home team’ play as blue air to enhance their warfighting capabilities. “We’ve been flying F-35s for the past three months and this is the first Red Flag exercise for the 356th FS,” said Lt. Col. James Christensen, 356th FS commander....

...“What we had to do is get our pilots ready for this Red Flag by flying as much as we possibly could to get proficient in the airplane,” Christensen said. “For us, this is kind of the intro to the airspace and an intro to four-ship tactics. This is the first time we’ve flown four aircraft together at the same time and we are combining the other F-35s and F-22s to make a large-force exercise.” Christensen mentioned pilots train on a basic fundamental skills-type progression, which means pilots start at basic skills and work up to advanced tactics. RF-A offers a realistic combat feeling for pilots to train exactly how they fight, he said....

...“What we need to do in the future and what we have planned for the next Red Flag iteration later this year is we are going to start bringing in partner countries and allies from across INDOPACOM,” Christensen said. “There are F-35s that are going out to Australia, Japan and Korea, and in the future we want to bring those F-35s up here and practice and train … so that we have a standard set of tactics, techniques and procedures.”" [WotNo Canuks?!]

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Unread post13 Aug 2020, 05:04

Salute!

What a blast in the frozen north for this old warrior!

All my "operational" fighter squadrons represented except the 3rd TFS.

- 18th Blue Foxes: 1966-67 in VooDoos
- 356th FS Green Demons; 1971-73 in the Sluf, with 200 hours of combat time
- 4th, 34th and 421st of the 388th in Vipers 1979 - 1984

Whew.

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Unread post16 Aug 2020, 11:19

RED FLAG Alaska 20-3 ENDEX Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-2a6FYc1wk

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Unread post17 Aug 2020, 20:20

A general article about 'landing & stopping' on SNOWY runways with reports of conditions at same before doing so....
Slip Sliding On Snow: Landing Demands Close Crew Attention
13 Aug 2020 Patrick Veillette, Ph.D.

"For too many years aviation lacked a reliable, up-to-the-minute system for reporting runway surface conditions for pilots to make accurate landing performance assessments. Rather, we depended on subjective braking action reports or Mu-Meter readings that did not directly translate into an aircraft’s braking effectiveness...."

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Unread post18 Aug 2020, 10:37

RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 comes to a close



EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --
RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise, concluded Aug. 14, 2020.



Flying participants completed roughly 560 sorties and racked up approximately 1,500 flying hours which contributed to the pilots gaining the confidence needed to execute combat operations.



“The exercise went amazing. We had a lot of challenges, the biggest one being COVID, but we were able to overcome that,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Hunger, the 353rd Combat Training Squadron commander. “We were able to reduce the footprint of COVID without sacrificing the training and the high-end combat capability that participants will walk away with.”



Typically, planning for a RF-A begins eight months prior to an exercise, but planning was compacted into a much shorter time period for this iteration.



“For this exercise, it was six weeks prior when we were given the ‘go ahead’ and what the units were going to be doing,” said Hunger. “The team at the 353rd CTS and the whole 354th Fighter Wing pitched in to make it happen.”



This iteration of RF-A may have been smaller in comparison to previous years; however, fifth-generation participants ensured there was no shortage of airpower for blue air. The lineup consisted of F-35A Lightning IIs from Eielson and Hill AFB, Utah, along with F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.



B-1 Lancers assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron out of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 97th Air Refueling Squadron out of Fairchild AFB, Washington, and the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th ARS supported combat scenarios throughout the two-week exercise.



In addition to all the action in the sky, survival, evasion, reconnaissance and escape (SERE) Airmen assisted special operations personnel with ground operations.



“Anytime we get a chance to participate in RED FLAG it's instrumental to our training ” Maj. Matthew Roland, a 37th BS B-1 pilot. “We get to integrate with additional fifth-generation fighters and see the realistic air war. It presents us a new picture and we can train to a more realistic situation.”



The 18th AGRS runs the red side of RF-A. Its mission, which is to know, teach and replicate threats to prepare pilots for real-world enemy forces stayed the same, but the squadron’s F-16 Fighting Falcons elevated training with their new teammates.



“One of the main ways we are going to challenge the fifth-generation is to utilize fifth-generation platforms to augment our forces and show the participants a fifth-generation threat,” said Lt. Col. Randolph Kinsey, the 18th AGRS commander.



F-35s were first introduced to RF-A during this iteration, which opens the door for future fifth-generation participation from both national and international participants.



“As we go into the future for RED FLAGs, it’s going to be fifth-generation,” said Hunger. “This is a good opportunity to get our foot into the water to see what the temperature is and then we can really start ramping it up.”


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Unread post22 Aug 2020, 03:40

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing’s F-35 Squadron Brings Home “Top Honors”
17 Aug 2020 1st Lt. Charles Allen 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

"MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – (August 17, 2020) Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) were recognized for their performance in Exercise Red Flag 20-3, which took place between Aug. 3 and Aug. 15 in the vicinity of the Nevada Test and Training Range in Southern Nevada....

...Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 [F-35B] was given “Top Honors” for their superior performance as they showcased the squadron’s abilities to provide support and keep aircraft in the fight. VMFA-211 returned to MCAS Yuma, being named the Outstanding Unit of Red Flag 20-3 after their maintenance department was recognized for their outstanding effort, along with their intel unit taking the “Top S-2” award....

...Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 has demonstrated their ability to remain technically and tactically proficient in all aspects of combat while practicing operational excellence even in the midst of a pandemic. 3rd MAW continues to “Fix, Fly and Fight” as the Marine Corps’ largest aircraft wing, and remains combat-ready, deployable on short notice, and lethal when called into action."

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