Red Flag: The Ultimate Game

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Red Flag : The Ultimate Game DVD cover.

TV Movie (1981)
French title : Drapeau rouge - L'ultime manoeuvre
Aka : Red Flag

Starring:
Barry Bostwick (Maj Jay Rivers)
William Devane (Maj. Phil Clark)
Alan Campbell (Lt. Tommy Heinz)
Joan Van Ark (Marie)

Five years before Top Gun, a TV broadcast network produced this story held inside the heart of USAF's top school : the Red Flag exercise. The screenplay is nearly the same of its future remake.


Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

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Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II & Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon

Seen only in the background of the Edwards Air Force Base apron.

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Fairchild-Republic A-10 behind F-4E 67-382 (see below).

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McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II & Northrop F-5E

Apron of Edwards Air Force Base.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II

In the background, s/n 67-382 is a F-4E-36-MC (c/n 3279) sold to Turkish AF in Aug 1991 but written off on 28 August 1996.

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Documentary footage (showing one aircraft used for spin test) to simulate harsh tactics.

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McDonnell Douglas F-4E-34-MC Phantom II s/n 67-0251 (c/n 2950) was sold to Turkish AF in December 1981.

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Northrop F-5E Tiger II

False serial. In fact, it's Northrop F-5E Tiger II s/n 74-1510 (c/n R.1168), later sold to Honduras as FAH 4005.

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If most of the serials seen on both the F-4s and F-5s are false, this one is correct : 74-1569 is a Northrop F-5E Tiger II c/n R.1262 ... but sold to Marocco.

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False serial but real squadron : this was really the Northrop F-5E Tiger II 74-1557 ... from the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Very short and dark shot which doesn't help to identify the plane involved. Perhaps (but then, flipped) the accident use in The Hunters and X-15 ?

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Northrop T-38A Talon

Flypast of the Thunderbird's Northrop T-38.

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