Southern Nevada residents will hear increased military aircraft noise as dozens of fighter jets, bombers and other aircraft take off and land at Nellis Air Force Base for a Red Flag exercise that runs from Monday through July 29.
Typically, U.S. and sometimes allied aircraft participating in the realistic air combat exercise over the 2.9 million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range will depart Nellis twice a day and stay in the air for up to five hours before returning to the base at the north end of the Las Vegas Valley.
This is the third of four Red Flag exercises this year. During one in February, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced he would seek a $1 billion increase for at least 34 major air combat training exercises and improvements to training ranges to the north of Nellis during the next five years.
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