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Indian Air Force Workups for Red Flag 08-03 - Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. July 28 - July 31, 2008


For the first time ever, the Indian Air Force was invited to participate in the elite Air Combat Training Exercise, Red Flag at Nellis AFB, NV with their eight SU-30 MK-I fighters, two IL-78 mid-air refueling aircraft and one IL-76 transport aircraft. But before they can go and show off their incredible SU-30 MK-I's, the 156 personnel and 91 officers needed to familiarize themselves with the USAF policies and procedures.

In the weeks prior to Red Flag 08-04, the IAF came to Mountain Home AFB, ID, and were hosted by the 366th Fighter Wing. There they flew day and night to hone their skills with pilots from the 390th FS "Wild Boars," 391st FS "Bold Tigers," 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, and the 18th Aggressor Squadron. I had the rare chance to fly in the back seat of an F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st "Bold Tigers" Fighter Squadron and capture the first air to air shots of the USAF and IAF aircraft together during this phase of Red Flag.

A special thanks to Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip (Commander, 12th Air Force), Col James Browne (Commander, 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base), Col James McGovern (Commander, 366th Operations Group), Group Capt. Ajay Rathore of the IAF, SSGt Jasmine Reif from 366th FW/PA, and Capt Mark "Buddy" Pauly and the men and women of the 391st Bold Tigers. Without them and the hard working Airman from Mountain Home AFB, none of this would have been possible.

To read the full story, click here: Gunfighters and Indians - Workups for Red Flag




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