Aggressor Squadron Nellis AFB (64th and 65th AGRS)

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F-15D 85-0131 in memorial Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley.

The two Aggressor Squadrons belong to the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base. The 64th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) was activated at Nellis in 1972. At that time, the Squadron was equipped with the T-38A Talon and in April 1976 it received the F-5E Tiger II. This light fighter was chosen, as its size and flight characteristics were nearly similar to the standard aircraft of the Warsaw Pact, the MiG-21 Fishbed. With the following years rose more and more structural problems withe the F-5 and in April 1988 the unit changed to the more capable F-16C Fighting Falcon. The Squadron received the Tailcode “WA” like its parent Wing. The Squadron was deactivated in 1990 but reactivated in 2003. Nowadays, the 64th AGRS operates 24 F-16Cs. The aircraft carry Russian style red codes at the intake and are painted in various blue/grey; green/brown; brown or black/grey/white colors.

The 65th Aggressor Squadron was activated in October 1975 at Nellis AFB, and also flew the F-5E Tiger II until its disbandment in April 1989. In September 2005 it was decided to reactivate the 65th AGRS with the F-15C/D. Like the 64th AGRS, the Eagles were painted in different Russian style blue/gray or brown camouflage, but the Eagles got blue number codes at their intakes. However, due to budgetary cuts, the squadron was disbanded on 26th September 2014; half a dozen Eagles remained active with the 64th AGRS until April 2015.

Aggressor Squadrons in the United States use the tactics, technics and procedures of an expected adversary to perform a realistic simulation of an anticipated air fight. This opposes the more common dogfights against their own aircraft type, often flown by pilots from the same squadron. At Nellis AFB, the assets of the Aggressor Squadrons are organized and receive their tasks from the 414th Combat Training Squadron (CTS), which organizes the large scale exercises like Red Flag at Nellis AFB.

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Aggressor List 64th F-16C WA
83-1159
84-1220
84-1236
84-1244
84-1301
85-1418
86-0220
86-0251
86-0269 414 CTS
86-0271
86-0272
86-0273
86-0280 64 AGRS
86-0283
86-0291
86-0299
87-0267
87-0307 57 OG
87-0313
88-0548
89-2053
89-2148
90-0727
90-0740

Aggressor List 64th F-16D WA
91-0467 D
92-3927 D

Aggressor List 65th F-15C WA
78-0470
78-0480
78-0489
78-0494 57 ATG
78-0502
78-0503
78-0504
78-0509
78-0511
78-0515 65 AGRS
78-0520
78-0517
78-0518
78-0528 57 OG
78-0532
78-0538
80-0010 65 AGRS
80-0018
80-0024
82-0028 57 ATG

Aggressor List 65th F-15D WA
78-0567
79-0012
80-0054
85-0129
85-0131 in memorial Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley w/o july 30.2008

 

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Peter Boschert

Peter is a photographer covering events in the United States and in Europe. He likes to cover Nellis AFB, NAS Fallon and RAF Lakenheath.

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