Aggressor Squadron Enhances Red Flag Ops: Air Force officials say the airmen of the 64th Aggressor Squadron, from Nellis AFB, Nev., performed up to expectations in their first engagement at the newly renamed Cope Thunder, now called Red Flag–Alaska. The addition of the aggressors make the exercise more closely resemble the original Red Flag, staged out of Nellis—and that was the “key driver” behind the whole idea, said Col. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the 57th Adversary Tactics Group commander. He added that Eielson would get its own Aggressors at some point.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.