Red Flag: The Ultimate Game
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TV Movie (1981)
French title : Drapeau rouge - L'ultime manoeuvre
Aka : Red Flag
Barry Bostwick (Maj Jay Rivers)
William Devane (Maj. Phil Clark)
Alan Campbell (Lt. Tommy Heinz)
Joan Van Ark (Marie)
Five years before Top Gun, a TV broadcast network produced this story held inside the heart of USAF's top school : the Red Flag exercise. The screenplay is nearly the same of its future remake.
Seen only in the background of the Edwards Air Force Base apron.
Fairchild-Republic A-10 behind F-4E 67-382 (see below).
In the background, s/n 67-382 is a F-4E-36-MC (c/n 3279) sold to Turkish AF in Aug 1991 but written off on 28 August 1996.
Documentary footage (showing one aircraft used for spin test) to simulate harsh tactics.
McDonnell Douglas F-4E-34-MC Phantom II s/n 67-0251 (c/n 2950) was sold to Turkish AF in December 1981.
False serial. In fact, it's Northrop F-5E Tiger II s/n 74-1510 (c/n R.1168), later sold to Honduras as FAH 4005.
If most of the serials seen on both the F-4s and F-5s are false, this one is correct : 74-1569 is a Northrop F-5E Tiger II c/n R.1262 ... but sold to Marocco.
False serial but real squadron : this was really the Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-1557 ... from the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing.
Very short and dark shot which doesn't help to identify the plane involved. Perhaps (but then, flipped) the accident use in The Hunters and X-15 ?
Flypast of the Thunderbird's Northrop T-38.