A Mildenhall 100 ARW KC-135 refuels an F-15C Eagle over Iceland during a training mission on 9 November 2013 (Image © Airman 1st Class Dana J. Butler / USAF)

More details on European USAF operations

The US Air Force has released more details on coming deployment of military aircraft to Europe. The deployments come on top of the current deployment of A-10 tank killers to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Air National Guard (ANG) F-15s and F-16s will also head to Europe, along with U.S. Air Force Reserve Command A-10s.

The arrival of F-15s was announced earlier, but details now also reveal what these Eagles are up to while in Europe. The F-15s participate in exercise Thracian Eagle this spring at Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria, plus Exercise Saber Strike and Baltic operations this summer in the Baltic States and Poland. Rumours about ANG F-15s taking part in Dutch exercise Frisian Flag 2015 at Leeuwarden airbase, are – for now – just that; rumours.

This spring, F-16s will fly to Ämari Air Base in Estonia and Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania. Reserve A-10s are expected to go to Bulgaria. Furthermore, detachments of C-130s and F-16s will keep rotating through Powidz Air Base in Poland.

The movements are part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The US also says it takes part in exercise Eager Lion in Morocco this spring,  Anatolian Eagle in Turkey in June, plus Arctic Challenge in Norway.

In a move related to the increased USAF presence in Europe, the US Army has said it will station two dozen more UH-60 Black Hawk helos in Germany.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): A US Air Force F-15 refuels from a tanker. (Image © Airman 1st Class Dana J. Butler / USAF)

That big gun in the front is what the A-10 is all about. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
One of the A-10s currently deployed in Germany. (Image © Dennis Spronk)