March 18, 2009 (by 1st Lt. Greta Lewis) - Syracuse-based New York Air National Guard fighters and ground crew will play the opposing force against the Air Force's most modern fighter, the F-22 Raptor, during the Red Flag exercise held in Nevada, March 21 - April 5.
USAF F-16C block 30 #85-1570 from the 138th FS (marked 174 FW) takes off from Nellis AFB on March 23rd, 2009. The F-16 is from the 174th FW Syracuse IAP which is supporting the Weapons Instructor Course. This is the last scheduled deployment for the 174FW. [USAF photo by SSgt. Ricky Best]
This will be the last time the Syracuse fighters deploy before the unit begins operating unmanned Reaper attack aircraft.
The 174th Fighter Wing will send six F-16C Fighting Falcons and 90 Airmen to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada to serve as the opposing force in the Air Force's "Red Flag" aerial combat training exercise. The Airmen will fly to Nellis AFB
aboard C-5A Galaxy transport aircraft piloted by the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing, based at Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh.
This will be the last deployment of F-16s from Hancock Field before the wing transitions to the operation of the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned attack aircraft.