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Air Force takes F-22 to Red Flag.

As it begins a campaign to boost political support for its F-22 stealth fighter jet, the Air Force plans to showcase the aircraft at its vaunted "Red Flag" annual training exercise scheduled in January at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

Red Flag only accepts aircraft that are "combat ready," says one of the training commanders, Lt. Col. Craig Anfinsen.

Twelve F-22 Raptors, based at Langley Air Force Base, Va., took part in one exercise in Alaska, Northern Edge, in June. At Nellis, the Raptor will fly against the 64th and 65th aggressor squadrons, whose pilots operating F-16 and F-15 fighters--will do their best to simulate shooting the F-22 pilots down.
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Title Annotation:Washington PULSE
Publication:National Defense
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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