Thursday, June 14, 2012

Photo Gallery: Exercise Red Flag - Alaska 12-2

Japanese Air Self Defense Force F-15J Eagles taxis toward the runway at Eielson AFB, Alaska, before departing for a combat training mission June 11, 2012, during Red Flag-Alaska 12-2. Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released)

The United States' Defense Media Activity - Hawaii News Bureau has published a 50-photo gallery of action from the ongoing Exercise Red Flag Alaska 12-2. The exercise is being held from June 7-22 2012 and in addition to USAF units from various commands, also includes F-15J Eagles from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning aircraft, Polish Air Force F-16s and Eurofighter Typhoon fighters from the German Luftwaffe.

Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, joint/coalition, tactical air combat employment exercise which corresponds to the operational capability of participating units. The entire exercise takes place in the Joint Pacific Range Complex over Alaska as well as a portion of Western Canadian for a total airspace of more than 67,000 square miles.

As an aside, Combat Aircraft magazine has reported on it's Facebook page that Luftwaffe wing commander Oberst Andreas Pfeiffer has been quoted as saying 'when you get to the merge, the Typhoon doesn't have to fear the F-22'. We're sure that is true given the Typhoon's dogfight capabilities, but of course the trick is getting to the merge against the F-22 in the first place!

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