Raptor to Red Flag:

Air Combat Command today entered the F-22A stealth fighter in its first Red Flag exercise, the first one of 2007 and dubbed “Colonial Flag.” This four-week Red Flag exercise comprises more than 200 aircraft—B-1B, B-2, F-15E, F-22, F-117, and British Tornado and Australian F-111—and some 5,200 military personnel. Exercise team chief, Capt. James Govin of the 414th Combat Training Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nev., said the Raptor would serve primarily in an air-to-air role but would demonstrate some of its air-to-ground capability. The exercise concludes in mid-February, taking a one week break midway to rotate aircraft and crews in and out.