Tyndall Air Force Base begins Checkered Flag Exercise

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tyndall Air Force Based kicked off a two-week training exercise to provide a unique training environment for pilots and maintainers.

Tuesday kicked off the Checkered Flag Exercise which serves as one of the largest air to air combat exercises with more than 60 aircraft from around the globe participating.

The exercise is designed to increase the mobility, deployment, and employment capabilities of the aircraft as well as their pilots and maintainers.

Despite the damage to the base, officials say the abundance of airspace over the Gulf of Mexico is why Tyndall can still host such a large scale event.

Lieutenant Colonel Bryan “Gordo” Dick said, “The Gulf of Mexico is pretty much a national treasure. There’s nowhere else in the world, definitely not in the United States, that can hold this many aircraft. Especially for high end, fifth generation training.”

Some of the aircraft flying include the fifth generation F-22 Raptors.

The exercise also incorporates live missile firings over the Gulf in the mornings, followed by dogfight exercises with more than 60 jets in the air in the afternoon.

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