Military Aircraft commonly or occasionally seen over the Nellis Ranges


This is a list of military aircraft that are likely to be seen over the Nellis Ranges during the Flag exercises and other aerial wargames. In fact, many of the photos were taken during Red Flag. As a reference we have also included some aircraft that are unlikely to be seen there, but that are frequently mentioned in our discussion forum.
Click on the small pictures to see a larger version. Click on the designation to see the plane's profile in the "Federation of American Scientists - Nuclear Forces Guide" database, if available.
Countries shown in italics have the respective plane, but do not send it to the Nellis Exercises.

 
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Designation Name Common Nickname Manufacturer Type Operators
A-4 Skyhawk Scooter, Hotrod McDonnell Douglas Carrier-borne light attack Singapore, Argentina, Israel
A-7 Corsair II SLUFF Vought Carrier-borne medium attack Portugal
AV-8B / GR7 Harrier Jump jet BAe / McDonnell Douglas / Boeing Tactical V/STOL strike USA, UK, Italy, Spain, Thailand
A-10 / OA-10 Thunderbolt II Hog Fairchild Battlefield CAS and FAC USA
B-1 Lancer Bone Rockwell Strategic bomber USA
B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Northrop Strategic bomber USA
B-52 Stratofortress BUFF Boeing Strategic bomber USA
C-2 Greyhound COD Grumman Carrier-borne tactical transport USA
C-5 Galaxy FRED Lockheed Strategic transport USA
C-17 Globemaster III Moose Boeing Strategic transport USA, UK
C-130 Hercules Herk Lockheed Martin Tactical transport / AAR USA, UK, Italy, Australia, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Taiwan, Canada, S.Korea
C-141 Starlifter   Lockheed Strategic transport USA
E-2 Hawkeye   Grumman AEW&C USA, France, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan
E-3 Sentry AWACS Boeing AEW&C USA, UK, NATO, S.Arabia
E-8 Joint STARS   Northrop Grumman Long-range surveillance USA
EA-6B Prowler Voltage Grumman Electronic warfare / SEAD USA
E/A-18G Growler   Northrop Grumman / Boeing Electronic warfare / SEAD USA
EC-130 Hercules Commando Solo (EC-130E)
Compass Call (EC-130H)
Lockheed Martin Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center USA
F-4 Phantom Double Ugly, Rhino, Old Smokey McDonnell Carrier/land fighter bomber USA, Germany, Greece, Spain, S.Korea, Turkey, Japan
F-5 Tiger II   Northrop Light fighter USA, S.Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Chile, Malaysia, Thailand
F-14 Tomcat   Grumman Carrier fighter USA
F-15 Eagle   McDonnell Douglas / Boeing Fighter / strike USA, Israel, Japan, S.Arabia
F-16 Falcon Viper General Dynamic / Lockheed Martin Light fighter / strike USA, Israel, various NATO, Taiwan, S.Korea, Turkey
F/A-18 Hornet   Northrop Grumman / Boeing Carrier fighter / strike USA, Australia, Spain, Malaysia, Switzerland, Canada, Finland
F/A-18E Super Hornet   Boeing Carrier fighter / strike USA
F-22 Raptor   Lockheed Martin / Boeing Advanced tactical fighter USA
F-35     Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) USA/UK
F-104 Starfighter Widowmaker Lockheed Light fighter / strike Italy
F-110 MiG 21 Fishbed   Mikoyan Gurevich USAF designation for 'acquired' MiG-21 test aircraft. USA
F-111 Aardvark Pig General Dynamics Tactical / Strategic precision strike Australia
F-113 MiG 23 Flogger   Mikoyan Gurevich USAF designation for 'acquired' MiG-23 test aircraft. USA
F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter Lockheed Tactical precision strike USA
KC-10 Extender   McDonnell Douglas Strategic AAR / Transport USA, Netherlands
KC-135 Stratotanker   Boeing Strategic AAR / Transport USA, Singapore, Turkey, France, Italy
RC-135 Rivet Joint   Boeing / L-3 Signal Intelligence USA
U-2     Lockheed Recon USA
RQ-4A Global Hawk Tier II+ HAE UAV Teledyne Ryan High-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance USA
RQ-1 Predator MAE UAV General Atomics Medium altitude reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, light strike USA
MQ-9 Reaper Predator B General Atomics High-altitude, long-endurance, surveillance, hunter-killer USA
X-45A     Boeing Phantom Works Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) USA
VC-10     Vickers (BAe) Strategic AAR / transport UK
AMX     AMX Tactical light strike Brazil, Italy
Jaguar   Jag SEPECAT (Europe) Tactical light strike UK, France
MiG-29 Fulcrum Mikoyan-Gurevich Moscow Air Production Organization Fighter / strike Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia
Mirage 2000     Dassault Aviation, SNECMA, Thomson-CSF Interceptor France
Tornado GR1 (Strike)
F3 (Fighter)
  Panavia (Europe) Tactical fighter / precision strike UK, Germany, Italy, S.Arabia
Tristar L-1011   Lockheed Strategic AAR / transport UK
MH-60G Pave Hawk   Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of spec. ops forces USA
Mi-8 HIP   Mil, Russia Multi-role transport and attack USA
Mi-24 HIND   Mil, Russia Multi-role attack and assault USA
 

Some other aircraft rumored to exist that you might see - please tell us if you do!

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Designation Name Common Nickname Manufacturer Type Operators
RQ-3A DarkStar Tier III Minus HAE UAV Lockheed/Boeing High-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance USA
Officially Cancelled (?)
A-12 Avenger II   General Dynamics / McDonnell Douglas Carrier-borne precision strike Cancelled (?)
YF-23 Black Widow II   Northrop / McDonnell Douglas Advanced tactical fighter USA
Cancelled (?)
X-32A/B   Phantom Boeing JSF test aircraft USA/UK
Cancelled

 
ASTRA     Northrop Tactical recon USA / UK (?)
A-17 (?)
or
F-121 (?)
  Switchblade Northrop Tactical precision strike USA

 
F-119 (?)     ? ? USA
SM-11 (?)   Aurora (?) Lockheed (?) Strategic recon USA
TR-3 (?)   Black Manta (?) Northrop (?) Tactical recon USA
    Brilliant Buzzard Boeing Strategic ? USA
 

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