More US Eagles into Eastern Europe

The twelve US Air National Guard F-15 Eagles that deployed to the Netherlands in April, have now arrived in Bulgaria. The F-15s left Leeuwarden on Thursday 7 May and arrived at the Bulgarian airbase of  Graf Ingnatievo later that day, joining six more US F-15 Eagles already present there.

The move to Bulgaria was announced earlier in April, as the F-15s were taking part in Dutch air power exercise Frisian Flag. The F-15s are part of a Theater Security Package (TSP) and will stay in Europe for five more months. Together, they form the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, made up of aircraft and personnel from Air National Guard units in Florida, California, Massachusetts and Oregon.

The F-15s already present in Bulgaria are part of the Louisiana Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing. They arrived here mid April, to take part in joint Bulgarian exercise Thracian Eagle.

One of the Florida Air National Guard aircraft, seen here at Leeuwarden in April. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
One of the Florida Air National Guard aircraft, seen here at Leeuwarden in April. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
The flightline at Graf Ignatievo in Bulgaria, filled with F-15s already present. (Image © US Air National Guard / Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie)
The flightline at Graf Ignatievo in Bulgaria, filled with F-15s already present. In the background are Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrums. (Image © US Air National Guard / Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie)

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Featured image (top): The F-15s flew from Leeuwarden to Bulgaria on Thursday (Image © US Air Force / Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo)