A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15D Eagle at Nancy, France, for Green Field 2014 (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Saudi F-15 lost during Yemen ops

UPDATED 30 MARCH 2015 | A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15D or F-15S Eagle fighter jet was lost while engaged in Operation Decisive Storm, the air and ground strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The jet – which suffered a mechanical problem according to officials – came down in international waters in the Gulf of Aden on Friday 27 March 2015.

An UAE F-16 after being refuelled by a USAF KC-10A Extender (Image © Michael B. Keller / USAF)
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According to US military sources the two Saudi crew members were rescued from the sea by a US Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter within two hours after their ditch.

The helicopter was launched from Camp Lemonnier, the only US military base in Africa ran as a US Naval Expeditionary Base 150 miles (240 km) southwest of the Yemeni port city of Aden. Part of Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport Camp Lemmonnier is home to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. Currently the (combat) rescue assets in Djibouti are provided for by the Alaska Air National Guard, with three HH-60s from 210th Rescue Squadron and two Lockheed Martin HC-130 King fixed-wing aircraft from the 211th Rescue Squadron.

The RSAF F-15 is the first Arab coalition loss in the military operations against the Houthi rebels, which were launched on 25/26 March. More than 180 aircraft are said to be involved in the air strikes, while ground forces advance too. The aircraft lost was likely the strike variant F-15S.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15D Eagle during Exercise Green Shield 2014 (Image © Dennis Spronk)

A pair of 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters fly over Alaska on a training mission (Image © Master Sgt. Sean Mitchell / Alaska Air National Guard)
A pair of 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters fly over Alaska on a training mission (Image © Master Sgt. Sean Mitchell / Alaska Air National Guard)