NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, NV (KXNT) – Southern Nevada residents may notice increased noise from military aircraft as the Air Force does its Red Flag 18-2 exercises, from March 9-23.

Aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day at various times. There may be night launches as well to allow air crews to train for night time combat operations.

The Red Flag exercise is organized at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and hosted north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range, the U.S. Air Force’s premier military training area with more than 12,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land. With approximately 2,200 targets, realistic threat systems and an opposing enemy force that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, Nellis and the NTTR provide combat air forces with the ability to train to fight together, survive together and win together.

Red Flag gives aircrews an opportunity to experience advanced, relevant, and realistic combat-like situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to complete missions. it also prepares maintenance personnel, ground controllers, space and cyber operators to support those missions within the same tactical environment.

The 4141th Combat Training Squadron is responsible for executing Red Flag and this exercise is one of a series of advanced training programs administered at Nellis and on the NTTR by organizations assigned to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.

For more information about Red Flag, call the Nellis Public Affairs Office at (702) 652-2750, or email Public Affairs Office at


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