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The video above was filmed in the X-Plane 9.x stock F-4 Phantom, following the VEGAS F-15 drones that had just taken off from Vandenberg AFB in southern California.  Although the clip is low resolution and without any audio, it does serve to show the fluidity of movement of the other aircraft and the dynamic nature and capability of the drones. The other aircraft become fairly visible around the 1min 20sec mark.

Below is a list of the military drones that operate on the network with a description of what they're up to.

CallsignEquipmentFromToDurationDescription
AC17S61KCPMKCPM16:12Compton to Naval yards and back in Sea King
AC18S61KLGBKCPM16:12Long Beach to Compton in a Sea King helicopter
ASPEN1,2T38KLSVKLSV6:47Nellis AFB, pattern work on 3L, starting from SW ramp. Was originally flown with F4 Phantom. Speed in pattern is 200-250kts.
ASPEN3F15KLSVKLSV7:04Nellis AFB, low approaches and acro work on 3R, starting with ASPEN1/2 on the SW ramp, speeds up to 500kts
BEEFF18KNLCKNJK1h13mDeparts every 5 minutes from NLC. Flight of 3 F18's from Lemoore NAS to El Centro NAS. 45 deg climb to 14,500 from rwy 32R to Priest VOR (ROM) then southeast along VR-1257, VR-1262, VR-1265. 550kt ground speed along the military training route.
BONEB1KPMDKPMD1hDeparts every 10 minutes.  B1 (BONE) and 2 F18's (STING) depart PMD, head to Morrow Bay VOR (MQO) and then follow VR-1256 and VR-1257 to Julian VOR (JLI) then climb to 14.5k and head back to Palmdale.  The overhead arrival is flown twice due to a poorly timed phone call when the recording was made.
CANYONF18T031G433mDeparts every 5 minutes.  Flight of 4 F/A-18's depart Tuba City, enter the Grand Canyon, low run along the Colorado River, 600kts.  #1 and #2 experience a powerful reunion with the terrain in the Canyon. #3 and #4 continue until reaching Lake Mead at which point they climb and land south at Grand Canyon West after arriving with a standard overhead.
DC3T38KBABKBAB31:36Beale AFB, 16.5k to Maxwell MOA, 17.5k back, leaves every 8 minutes
DC5T38KNUQKNUQ40m45sLeaves every 5 minutes, Moffett Field, air work in W-260,
DEALERF18KNLCKNJK1h13mDeparts every 5 minutes from NLC. Flight of 3 F18's from Lemoore NAS to El Centro NAS. 45 deg climb to 14,500 from rwy 32R to Priest VOR (ROM) then southeast along VR-1257, VR-1262, VR-1265. 550kt ground speed along the military training route.
DEVILF18KNKXKNKX55mDeparts every 10 minutes. Flight of two F/A-18's out of Miramar. Utilizes military training route V-1257, 600kias. Flight terminates just NW of LHS, returning to Miramar.
HUNTF16KVBGKVBG35:00Departs every 6 minutes. Vandenburg AFB into the HUNTER MOA then back to VBG
LANCEB1KNKXKNKX54m24sDeparts every 10 minutes. Lead in flight of 3 B1-B's out of Miramar. Utilizes military training route V-1257, 500kias.  This aircraft buys the farm but the other two continue back to Miramar.
MISTYF18KNID10:32Departs every 4 minutes. Flight of 3 F/A-18's out of China Lake NWS - originally flown in an F4 into the Isabella MOA, fatal, MISTY2 goes in shortly after MISTY1.  MISTY3 returns to base.
NJK1,2F14KNJKKNTD27:04NAS El Centro to NAS Pt Magu - Flight out two 300kt climb to 16.5k then Mach .98 VFR, JLI/OCN/SLI/LAX/VTU
NLC1F18KNLCKNTD20:03NAS Lemoore to Pt Magu, 15.5k
NRS1F18KNRSKNTD26:14Imperial Beach Naval Outlying Field to Pt Magu at 14,500, over the SAN Bravo, around 500kias
NTD1,2F18KNTDKNJK26:39NAS Pt Magu to NAS El Centro, Flight of two, 500kt climb to 17.5k, then VFR to LAX/SLI/OCN/JLI into El Centro, Mach .99
NTD3F18KNTDKNTD27:00NAS Pt Magu, overflies KNSI then maneuvers in W291 just west of SXC before returning to Pt Magu
NTD4F18KNTDKNLC26:00NAS Pt Magu to NAS Lemoore, 16.5k
NTD5F18KNTDKNRS25:55Pt Magu to Imperial Beach Naval Outlying Field, 15,500 over the SAN Bravo, around 500kias
RAGEF18KNKXKNKX51:00Departs every 10 minutes. Miramar NAS, Flight of two JLI-PSP, acro around Mt Baldi (brief split and eventually rejoin), then maneuvering in R-2501 and back to Miramar.
RINGOF15KRIVKVBGunknownDeparts every 6 minutes. March AFB to Vandenburg AFB - flight of two, 500kias at 14.5k to KVBG, overhead arrival then formation landing.
SLAMF15,T38T031G433mDeparts every 5 minutes.  Flight of F-15 and 2 T-38's depart Tuba City and remain in close formation a few thousand feet above the Canyon Rim, loosely following the course of the Colorado River.  Speed is around 400kias.  They land south at Grand Canyon West after a standard overhead.
STINGF18KPMDKPMD1hDeparts every 10 minutes.  B1 (BONE) and 2 F18's (STING) depart PMD, head to Morrow Bay VOR (MQO) and then follow VR-1256 and VR-1257 to Julian VOR (JLI) then climb to 14.5k and head back to Palmdale.  The overhead arrival is flown twice due to a poorly timed phone call when the recording was made.
VAMPIREF18KNIDKNID22:34Departs every 4 minutes. Flight of 3 F/A-18's. China Lake NWS - Rwy 26 dep, right turnout, 9500, 400kias into Pinamint MOA, low level terrain following on the way back at higher speed.  #3 breaks off and does solo terrain following.
VEGASF15KVBGKRIVunknownVandenburg AFB to March AFB - flight of two, maneuvering in the restricted areas just SW of VBG, then 13.5k hop over to RIV, passing under RINGO flight