The first cell of six Air National Guard F-15Cs arrived at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands, yesterday, March 15. The aircraft are from from the 123rd Fighter Squadron (FS), from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing (FW) at Portland Air National Guard Base, and the Massachusetts ANG’s 131st FS/104th FW.
The Dutch base is hosting an Air National Guard (ANG) F-15 Theater Security Package (TSP) for the fourth year in succession. This latest Eagle TSP will see the air superiority fighters take part in the Frisian Flag exercise. The detachment will remain deployed in Europe for around three and a half months and is also expected to visit other countries on the continent.
The initial F-15s will be joined by a second cell of six jets. The second group had been expected to arrive on the 15th too, but was cancelled. Callsigns for the first batch of arrivals were Trend 41-46, comprising four F-15Cs from the 123rd FS and two F-15Cs from the 131st FS. In arrival order:
|84-0002||F-15C||123rd FS||Trend 41|
|86-0158||MA||F-15C||131st FS||Trend 42|
|85-0094||F-15C||123rd FS||Trend 43|
|84-0003||F-15C||131st FS||Trend 44|
|84-0005||F-15C||131st FS||Trend 45|
|85-0111||MA||F-15C||131st FS||Trend 46|