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Red Flag exercise begins Saturday at Nellis Air Force Base

Posted at 10:59 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-09 02:05:39-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Residents living near Nellis Air Force Base may notice an increase in noise from military aircraft as the U.S. Air Force begins its Red Flag exercise on Saturday.

More than 80 aircraft from the U.S. and various partner nations are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day and may remain in the air for up to five hours during the exercise, according to a spokesperson from the base.

There may also be night launches as well to allow crews to train for nighttime combat operations.

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The exercise dubbed as Red Flag 19-2 is scheduled to run from March 9-22 and is organized at Nellis AFB and hosted north of Las Vegas within the Nevada Test and Training Range.

According to a news release from the base, March's Red Flag will provide advanced, relevant, and realistic combat-like situations to increase operator survivability in actual combat operations.