3 For first time in 100 years, Luftwaffe in Israel’s skies in largest aerial drill
Way down, down in the Negev Desert (or more accurately, in the skies above it) the countries of Falcon Land and Nowhere Land are waging a vicious aerial war, with dozens of fighter jets dogfighting and bombing each other’s infrastructure. So far there have been no casualties in these air battles - and that’s just how the two sides would like to see it. The Falcon Land-Nowhere Land war is the centerpiece of the Israeli Air Force’s biennial Blue Flag exercise, in which 7 foreign countries are participating and many more are scheduled to visit. The fictional Falcon Land, the so-called “blue team,” is made up of the 7 foreign countries — India, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Greece and the United States, and IAF squadrons. Their opponent, Nowhere Land, is led by the IAF’s Red Squadron, a unit of F-16 fighter jets that are used in exercises to mimic enemy aircraft. The Red Squadron is joined in Nowhere Land by a surface-to-air missile battery and drone units.