US Air National Guard F-15s into Eastern Europe

The US moved one of its top air-to-air assets far into Eastern Europe this week, by sending Louisiana Air National Guard F-15s to Graf Ignatievo airbase in Bulgaria. They will participate in exercise Thracian Eagle 2015, together with the Bulgarian Air Forces’ MiG-29s and Su-25s. The US F-15s currently at Leeuwarden airbase in the Netherlands are also expected to re-deploy to Bulgaria.

The Eagles currently already in Bulgaria are part of the Louisiana Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing, based at Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. The F-15s first arrived in Europe earlier in April, flying into Lakenheath airbase in the UK. The aircraft along with with 150 personnel, have now moved on to Bulgaria.

The deployment is part of US Operation Atlantic Resolve, which earlier saw A-10 tank killers and UH-60 Black Gawk helicopters being moved to Germany, plus F-15s sent to Leeuwarden. The latters belong to the Florida and Oregon Air National Guard and have now finished their participation in exercise Frisian Flag.

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Featured image (top): A Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrum joins these two Louisiana Air National Guard F-15s. (Image © US Air National Guard / Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie)

The flightline at Graf Ignatievo in Bulgaria. (Image © US Air National Guard / Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie)
The flightline at Graf Ignatievo in Bulgaria. (Image © US Air National Guard / Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie)