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Military Aircraft Around Las Vegas

Images of aircraft wouldn't normally fit on a website about birding and hiking around Las Vegas, but with Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base, the Nevada Test Site, the Tonopah Test Range, and Area 51, the skies are full of military aircraft that become part of the outdoor experience around Las Vegas. Aircraft might intrude upon your solitude, but learning to identify aircraft in flight adds an odd twist to enjoying the outdoors while hiking and birding around Las Vegas -- how many species and varieties can you identify?

For Plane Spotters, keep an extra eye out during Red Flag Exercises and during the Aviation Nation Air Show (Aviation Nation 2012).

Military Helicopters
B-2 Spirit (Stealth) Bomber
B-2 Spirit (Stealth) Bombers
B-1B Lancer Bomber
B-1B Lancer Bomber
B-52H Stratofortress Bomber
B-52H Stratofortress Bomber
A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
U.S. Jet Fighters (F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35)
F-117 Nighthawk (Stealth) Fighter
Thunderbirds Precision Aerial Demonstration Team
C-130 Transport
C-130 Transports and Refueling Tankers
EA-6 Prowler
EA-6 Prowler
E-3 Sentry (Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)
KC-10 and KC-135 Refueling Tankers
C-17 Globemaster
Military Transport Aircraft (C-5, C-17, C-20, C-21)
T-38 Talon
T-38 Talon
T-45A Goshawk
T-45A Goshawk
MQ-1 Predator
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or Drones)
air force
C-20 Transport -- rank has its privileges
U-2S 087
U-2S Surveillance Aircraft
AFMC 60166
Other Aircraft
Secret Stuff or UFOs -- could be either
(sorry, I'd have to kill you if I showed you the photos)
NF-16D, AF-86-048
NF-16D Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA)
Foreign F-16s (Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, UAE, others)
German GR-4 Tornado
French Mirage
French 2000M Mirage
Royal Australian Air Force F-111
Royal Australian Air Force F-111 Aardvark
Tail Number 608
Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Eagles
Historic Military Aircraft
something new?
NASA WB-57 High Altitude Research Aircraft
MV-22B Osprey (U.S. Marine version)
Air Force One
Air Force One (VC-25A)
German Transall C-160
German Transall C-160
... more to come

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
copyright; Last updated 170611

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