Our first stop on our Red Flag 16-1 trip was Creech AFB out in Indian Springs, NV. It’s about an hour west of Nellis AFB and is home to the USAF’s Predator and Reaper UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). It is also the location where the USAF Thunderbirds practice when they are home at Nellis. As we drove past the base we saw a MQ-9 Reaper on the ramp and a couple of MQ-1 Predators in quonset huts. We heard a little chatter over the scanner so we pulled over to listen for a little. The Thunderbirds were practicing in the valley to the north of the airfield that way they could practice without affecting the regular operations at Creech. After a little more radio calls a Predator took off in front of us and slowly turned toward the north. We headed down the highway for Nellis so we could watch the launch for Red Flag and catch any other Nellis ops happening.