Looking at Red Flag 17-3 from a Marine Corps Point of View

2017-08-07: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 “Wake Island Avengers,” 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, participate in Red Flag 17-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 10 to 28.

Red Flag 17-3 is a realistic combat training exercise involving the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps and this iteration is the first to have both the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II and the Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II, which is capable of short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL).

The Marines have had operational F-35s longer than the USAF and with their deployment to Japan are providing a significant input into the way ahead with a fifth generation enabled combat force.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, NV, UNITED STATES

07.12.2017

Video by Sgt. Lillian Stephens

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

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—General George Patton Jr.

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