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On October 15, 1972, it activated the Aggressor Squadron, the 64th Fighter Weapons Squadron in order to provide DACT to TAC fighters; the unit was operational in June 1973.
Anderson and his fellow 64th Aggressor Squadron tested pilots during Red Flag 15-2, which included aircraft from 13 Air Force squadrons, along with units from the Royal Norwegian Air Force and NATO, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
But in 1973, the F-4 training unit at Homestead AFB, Florida, agreed to host the new 64th Aggressor Squadron's (AGRS) pilots and their T -38s, aircraft that approximated MiG-21s in size and maneuverability.
Up until the early '90s the USAF had the 87th EW Aggressor Squadron (EWAS), at Eglin AFB, FL (originally at Avon Park, FL), which performed recurring EW-readiness checks of operational combat units.
The author correctly notes, "Without a doubt, it is the Red Team that makes the Red Flag experience so successful." With that in mind, Rininger could have spent more time detailing how the new Aggressor squadron realistically replicates current threats.
Two of the jets went to Nellis AFB, Nev., where they will become part of the aggressor squadron. The third jet went to Hill AFB, Utah, where it is undergoing maintenance before moving on to its new home with the Air National Guard in Tucson, Ariz.
For example, the 262nd Information Aggressor Squadron, an ANG unit in Washington State, leverages the industry expertise of guardsmen employed at Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and other technology firms from the western side of the state.
Members of the 64th Aggressor Squadron based at Nellis AFB, Nev., served as "adversaries" for the first time this year.
The JG-73 Fighter Wing flies as an aggressor squadron for NATO, and for the last 10 years has focused on training Western fighter squadrons in air combat against the Fulcrum.
F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots from Nellis' 64th Aggressor Squadron were the opposing Red Force.