- Mar 14, 2009
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Question about aggressor squadrons in the US
since the US has the money and network to acquire actual Soviet/Russian types, maybe even Chinese types
could they build an aggressor squadron using actual aggressor aircraft?
They did. From the 70s to the 90s (?) the US operated a dedicated aggressor / DACT squadron of Soviet / Chinese aircraft. The squadron was called the Red Eagles, based at TTR, and was secret while it was operational.
A separate unit, the Red Hats, flight tests Soviet / Chinese / Etc. aircraft. The Red Hats still operate from Groom Lake and Edwards.
There's some pics floating around from the early 2000s with what appears to be a Flanker series engaged in BFM over the NTTR....