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DACT ’17 at Las Palmas – Gando

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Air to Air Fights where others go on holiday at Las Palmas Airport in the Canary Islands! DACT - Dissimilar Air Combat Training is a yearly exercise of the Spanish Air Force which took place in 2017 from 13th January to 27th January at Gando, the military part of the Las Palmas airport on the Canary Islands.

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The DACT exercises of the Spanish Air Force have a long tradition and took place in the last years usually in the early beginning of the year. The exercise focuses like the title suggests on Dissimilar Air Combat Training. Nowadays a lot of Air Forces use just a single aircraft type for Air Combat and most pilots have experience in fighting against aircraft of the same type they're flying in. So there is always a challenge to fight against a different type. Today the Spanish Air Force utilized with the EF-18 Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon two different types, making it easier to arrange DACT as with a single-fighter type force. Read More

Red Flag 17-2: Coalition Integration

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MIX (4)[1] Red Flag is America's premier training exercise for today's warfighters. Originally developed to improve our nation's air to air kill ratio during Vietnam, it has grown into much more than strictly air to air tactics. Red Flag 17-2, which concluded March 10th, included allies such as Spain, Singapore, and the Netherlands. As with all Red Flags, integration is the name of the game at these exercises. The mission sets allow each nation participating to adapt to each other's tactics, and to formulate the most effective way to eliminate the threats they face using all assets involved as a singular force...Read More

74th Fighter Squadron – “World Famous Flying Tigers”

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74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Warthogs "World Famous Flying Tigers" Moody Air Force Base and Grand Bay Weapons Range, Georgia 18 August 2016 I travelled to Moody AFB on 18 August 2016, for a visit with the 74th Fighter Squadron "Flying Tigers" of the 23rd Wing. Before I describe the incredible day, I need to thank the folks that made it happen. For their hard work, support, hospitality, enduring the high heat and humidity, and ”rolling out the red carpet” for me, I want to extend my most sincere appreciation and thanks to: Lieutenant Colonel Bryan ”Gump” France, Commander, 74th Fighter Squadron. Technical Seargent Zachary Wolf, 23rd Wing Public Affairs. Dean Fligg, and all the folks at the Grand Bay Weapons Range. Lieutenant Colonel "Ike" Swengros, 74th FS...Read More