Re-activation of 65th AS Aggressor Sqdn @ Nellis

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Re-activation of 65th AS Aggressor Sqdn @ Nellis

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News is that the 65th AS will re-activate with early build F-35A 'Panthers', and carry out an advanced 5th gen aggressor role from 2022.

https://www.nellis.af.mil/News/Article/1843738/air-force-to-reactivate-aggressor-squadron-for-f-35-training/

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Obvious question... but I wonder if they'll be painted up. If so they would be by far the most beautiful F-35s around.

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MiG_Eater wrote:Obvious question... but I wonder if they'll be painted up. If so they would be by far the most beautiful F-35s around.


However you painted them they'd still be a pig in lipstick. :sick:
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The Draken International lot at Nellis are getting the ex-Spanish Air Force Mirage F1s, which is rather more interesting than Aggressor Daves.

Still, if they do indeed paint them in some sort of Aggressor scheme (low-viz Aggressors, could be... interesting) then they will at least be slightly more photogenic than yer standard F-35.
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Skyflash wrote:The Draken International lot at Nellis are getting the ex-Spanish Air Force Mirage F1s, which is rather more interesting than Aggressor Daves.


Agreed, a trip back to Nellis may be in order once they become operational!

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jalfrezi wrote:
Skyflash wrote:The Draken International lot at Nellis are getting the ex-Spanish Air Force Mirage F1s, which is rather more interesting than Aggressor Daves.


Agreed, a trip back to Nellis may be in order once they become operational!


I'll see you at the Racetrack again then! :grin:

With thanks to our Canadian friend Mr Fumbles for the info, I gather that the tiger-striped F1 is to retain its stripes owing to popular demand. So yes, definitely worth a visit back to the desert...
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Skyflash wrote:The Draken International lot at Nellis are getting the ex-Spanish Air Force Mirage F1s, which is rather more interesting than Aggressor Daves.

And ATAC are getting the ex French ones so plenty of proper aeroplanes still to see...!
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Sorry for thread drift - but are the Mirages supplementing the A-4s or replacing them?

Imagine a day's spotting at Nellis... B-1, F-16, F-22, F-35, A-10, A-4, Mirage F1..... wow!

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MiG_Eater wrote:Obvious question... but I wonder if they'll be painted up. If so they would be by far the most beautiful F-35s around.


Some of the 64th's F-16s are going the other way, several are now in the Have Glass scheme.

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