US Eagles guard Iceland

Old times relive at Keflavik, where US Air Force F-15 Eagles once guarded the vast North Atlantic skies. Starting this week, F-15s are again based at the Icelandic airbase as part of 871st Air Expeditionary Squadron. The deployment involves F-15s normally based at Lakenheath in the UK.

A total of four F-15 aircraft are deployed, supported by 200 personnel and a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall, also in the UK. NATO partners take turns in keeping a quick reaction alert at Keflavik. Last year, Czech Saab Gripens made Keflavik their nest.

The airbase was once home to the 57th ‘The Black Knights’ Fighter Interceptor Squadron. In 1995, the squadron was deactivated and Keflavik has since only offered a temporary home to US and other NATO squadrons.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): Typical North Atlantic weather for this F-15. (Image © US Air Force / Meredith Mulvihill)