Saudi F-15s arrive in U.S. for joint exercise
July 16, 2010
Eight Saudi Royal Air Force F-15 planes arrived yesterday at Nellis Air Base, located in the U.S. city of North Las Vegas, Nevada, to participate in the “Red Flag-4” exercise. Commander of the Exercise Group Lt. Col. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud hailed the proficiency of the aircrafts’ pilots, who managed to fly thousands of miles from the Kingdom to the United States in all weather conditions and with the highest levels of safety and professionalism.
Red Flag-4 is held once every two years and is one of the oldest air combat exercises in the world. The Kingdom is participating in the event for the fourth time, at the invitation of the U.S. Air Force, and is the only Arab country involved this year. For the first time, the exercise includes the participation of the Saudi Land Forces, represented by paratroopers from the Special Security Forces (Battalion 85).