The 119th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), part of the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Interceptor Group and located at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base (NJ), was equipped with the F-106 Delta Dart since 1973. This Delta Dart became an aerial target with the 82d Aerial Targets Squadron at Tyndall and was shot down (unmanned) over the Gulf of Mexico on 18 April 1995.
The 119th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), part of the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Interceptor Group and located at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base (NJ), was equipped with the F-106 Delta Dart since 1973. The Jersey Devils transitioned into the F-106 and assumed the quick alert status the following year. The Aerospace Defense Command then came under TAC as the Air Defense Tactical Air Command (ADTAC), and then again changed to a numbered Air Force, in this case1st Air Force. During 1988, the unit transitioned into the F-16A/B Fighting Falcon.
A true century fighter, the F-106A Delta Dart, what a beautiful fighter it is. The Jersey Devils were one of the last squadrons operating the Dart before transitioning to F-16. This 59-0046 was converted to QF-106A aerial target after a period of storage at AMARC. It was destroyed over the Gulf of Mexico on 10 October 1996.
The 390th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) was based at Mountain Home AFB (ID) as part of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW). Twelve of Ravens of the squadron, of which this 033, were deployed in Desert Storm in August 1990. The squadron made history when an EF-111A scored an unofficial kill on the first night of the war when they maneuvered a pursuing Iraqi Mirage F1EQ into the ground. This 033 was delivered to Upper Heyford on 7 May 1984 and was one of the six EF-111As which took part in Operation El Dorado Canyon attack on Libya.
The Pacific Missile Test Center was in 1991 the owner of this very early F/A-18. The 25th built Horne, and the eight B-version, made a very welcome touch-and-go at Nellis (CA) during a Green Flag exercise. Strikingly, this 1980 Hornet is still (July 2019) operational. It flies with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 Salty Dogs from NAS Patuxent River (MD). One of the reasons this very old Hornet is still flying is that it was extremely well maintained at a Flight Test aircraft but also because it was less stressed by carrier landings, deployments, air-to-air dogfights and so on.
The 169th Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS) of the Illinois Air National Guard was operating the OA-37B Dragon Fly from 1979 to March 1992. The squadron was assigned the Forward Air Control (FAC) task.
Green Flag in August 1991 saw participation of these tiny Cessna's Dragon Flies. This airframe became surplus with the US Air Force and was sold to Peru as ? in December 1996. On the picture it was still assigned to the 169th Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS) of the Illinois Air National Guard, and tasked with the Forward Air Control mission. In 1992 the OA-37B was retired from the mission and the squadron received F-16A/Bs. The TASS became a FS (Fighter squadron. Since 1995, thee 169th is flying C-130s as 169th Airlift Squadron.
A rare Phantom, assigned to the 4485th Test Squadron of the USAF Air Warfare Center at Eglin AFB (FL). The 4485th operated several Phantom types at that time, F-4Ds, F-4Es, RF-4C and F-4Gs. The latter and so the one on the picture belonged to 4485th TS/Det.5, which was based at George AFB (CA). These birds initially carried the 35th TFW code of 'WW' before switching to 'OT'. During the switch, the birds received a gray checkered pattern on the fin cap, representing a toned-down version of the black and white checkers.
Det.5 Phantoms were rarely seen, so I was happy to photograph a few during a Green Flag exercise at Nellis. Unfortunately, the light was on the wrong during photography (or the Phantom took the wrong runway at Nellis?). Anyway, as the bird was rare, I still enjoy to have seen it (although the picture quality is not the best).
During a Green Flag at Nellis, this nice F-4G that was seen, normally based at nearby George AFB (CA). This bird was built as F-4E in 1969, delivered to the USAF in March 1970 (to Torrejon air base in Spain), swapped to several other squadrons before it was rebuilt to F-4G in August 1978. Then it flew as a Wild Weasel from George and Boise (ID), before placed in storage at Davis Monthan. Then 0243 was converted to QF-4G in April 1997 and assigned to the 82d Aerial Targets Squadron at Tyndall were it was eventually shot down (unmanned) as an aerial target on 13 February 2008.
Built as F-4E, rebuilt to F-4G, saw a long operational careeer in the USAF, placed in storage at AMARC (with inventory number FP0833) in April 2000, selected for conversion to QF-4G, moved to Mojave for modification and eventually found its way to the 475th Weapons Evaluation Group, 82d Tactical Aerial Targets Squadron where it flew as AF219 from September 2001 onwards. The Phantom was shot down as an aerial target on 8 February 2006 over the Gulf of Mexico.
The 194th Fighter Interceptor Squadron operated the F-4D during the eightees. As several F-4D squadrons of the Air National Guard were replacing their F-4Ds by F-15s or F-16s, the best remaining aircraft were dispersed over the unites still operating the F-4D. That resulted in multiple coloured Phantoms at Fresno Air National Guard Base, the basic grey, this European I (or Lizard) and Egypt One. Click in the search engine at unit and you can see all different lay-outs.
The 194th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the California Air National Guard used the mighty F-4D Phantom II. This is of course the classic picture that most photographers want to click, when visiting an Air National Guard Base
132 Filo Hançer (Dagger), based at Konya transferred its F-4E Phantoms to 111 Filo at Eskisehir during 2014. The unit received subsequently F-16Cs Block 30s. This Viper is taxying to the runway of its homebase to participate in a Combined Air Operation (COMAO) with some forty jets during Anatolian Eagle 2019.