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From 15 April - 13 May 1976 four EB-57Es were deployed to Bitburg Air Base in West-Germany. Their homebase is Malmstrom AFB, Montana. Photo:  54240 (55-4240) from 17DSES/24AD visited RAF Alconbury, UK, on 28 April 1976.

48TFW - F-100D/F Super Sabres - RAF Lakenheath/UK 

In the period 1958-1972 F-100D/F Super Sabres from the 48TFW were based at RAF Lakenheath in the UK. In July 1971 the 48TFW was temporarily based at nearby RAF Mildenhall. The 48TFW consists of: 

F-100F O-63890/LR (56-3890) 492TFS.

F-100D O-62987/LS  (56-2987) 493TFS.

F-100D O-63315/LT (56-3315) 494TFS.

F-100D O-53678/LS (55-3678) 493TFS.

F-100D O-62964/LS (56-2964) 493TFS. This F-100 that crashed 26/8-1971 hit a chimney, demolished a telegraph pole, went through the perimeter fence and ended up minus wings on a 50,000 gallon fuel store.

F-100F O-63884/LS (56-3884) 493TFS.

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Lightning F.3 XN727/W from 92sq operated from RAF Gütersloh in West-Germany. Here during the approach at Fliegerhorst Leck, West-Germany, on 5 September 1975, the day before the Air Show.

F-105D 62-4346/HI with yellow fin-tip from the 466TFS/Air Force Reserve (AFRES) visited Tyndall AFB, Florida, in October 1982. The homebase is Hill AFB in Utah.

RF-104G 24+33 from MFG2 on final at his homebase Marinefliegerhorst Eggebek in West-Germany on the 4th of  September 1975.

On the 25th of July 1972 six F-5As from the Norwegian Air Force and operating with the 334Skv from Bodø Main Air Station arrived at RAF Bentwaters in the UK for a nine day NATO exchange with the based 91TFS/81TFW flying the F-4D. Present were:

F-100D 11-ES/42166 (54-2166) from EC1/11 photographed at Toul-Rosières in France on 25 June 1972.

J-35A 35089/51 from F16 (Uppsala) during the Air Show of Såtenäs in Sweden. This photo was taken on the 31st of August 1975. This aircraft participated with many more J-35As in a very impressive mass flight with around 60 planes flying over the airbase during the air show.

Exercise Bulls Eye at Sola AFB in Norway. F-104G 22+87 from MFG-1 based at Jagel, West-Germany parked in front of other Marineflieger F-104Gs. Photo 25 August 1975.

Crested Cap (Autumn Forge) brought 24 F-4Ds from the 7TFS/49TFW to Ramstein AB for an exercise in the period 24 August - 25 September 1976. They arrived from Holloman AF, New-Mexico in two waves. Photo of 66-7591/HO (assigned to the 417TFS) at Ramstein 31 August 1976.

Super Mystère B2 12-YF/85 from the French Air Force/EC1-12 and based at Cambrai, France, participated in the Nato Tiger Meet 1974 at Bitburg in West-Germany. Photo 25 June 1974.

Not often seen an F-111E with the tail code "JR". 68-0036/JR from the 79TFS/20TFW was parked on the flight-line at RAF Upper Heyford in the UK on 12 August 1976.

F-100D 11-MQ/42154 (54-2154) from EC03.011 at Toul on the 30th of May 1976.

F-4D 65-0741/HR blue fin-tip from the 10TFS/50TFW based at Spangdahlem AB, West-Germany, visited RAF Alconbury in the UK on 16 July 1973.

FGR.2 XV421 from the 14sq on final at his homebase RAF Brüggen, West-Germany, on the 30th of April 1975.

Mirage 5-F 13-SB/50 ready for a new mission during the exercise Tactical Weapons Meet 1974 (24 May till 7 June ) at Baden-Söllingen, West-Germany. EC03.013 is stationed at Colmar, France.

Deelen AFB in The Netherlands hosted the exercise Royal Flush in May 1970. The Danish Air Force participated with three RF-8F Thunderflashes from Esk729 based at Karup (serials C-054, C-283 and C-651). 

Photos of C-651 and C-283 at Deelen in May 1970.

Spanish Navy AV-8S 01-810 ready for a new mission at Rota on 29 September 1989. It belongs to ESLLA 8.  

Ready for an afternoon mission is Royal Air Force Canberra PR.7 WH773 belonging to 13sq and based at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, during the Nato recce meet Royal Flush 1973 at Florennes AB in Belgium. Photo 14 June 1973.

On final Royal Netherlands Air Force F-84F P-248 (53-6584) from the 315sq at his homebase Eindhoven. Date unknown. 

F-4C 40862 (64-0862) from the 81TFW at its home base RAF Bentwaters in the UK. Photo May 1966.

10TRW - RF-4C - RAF Alconbury/UK

RF-4C 66-0478/AR blue from the 1TRS at RAF Alconbury on 28 April 1976.

At "last chance" of RAF Alconbury is RF-4C 64-1002/AS with red fin-tip from 30TRS. Photo June 1971.

The 10th TRW was temporarily based at RAF Wethersfield. RF-4C  65-0919/AS is part of the 30th TRS with yellow/black tail-fin in 1971-1972. At the end of 1972 again with the red fin-tip. Photo August 1972.

Almost ready for a new mission from RAF Alconbury  in June 1971 is RF-4C 64-1083/AT yellow from the 32TRS.

81TFW - RAF Woodbridge (78TFS)/RAF Bentwaters (91TFS and 92TFS) - UK

The 10th Tactical Weapons Meet was held at Florennes Air Base in Belgium during the period 18-29 September 1972. F-4D 65-0738/WR red was photographed on 22 September 1972.

From the 91TFS is F-4C 63-7487/WS blue at the taxiway of RAF Bentwaters ready for a new mission.

F-4C 64-0868/WT with the old serial presentation. The 92TFS coded assigned F-4C WT in February 1970 with and applied yellow fins caps introduced in the same period. Date, location and photographer unknown. Later this F-4C went to the Spanish Air Force as C.12-16.

In September 1973 the F-4Cs of 92TFS were replaced by  F-4Ds. This photo shows one of them 65-0710/WR.

Mirage-IIIR 33-TI/360 from ER3-33 based at Strasbourg-Entzheim, France, participated in Royal Flush 1975 at Bremgarten, West-Germany. Photo 2 June 1975. 

In July 1977 12 F-4Ds of the 480TFS/52TFW, based at Spangdahlem AB in West-Germany, were deployed to RAF Alconbury in the UK for  DACT with the local 527TFTAS F-5Es. 

F-4D 65-0747/LN yellow came back from a mission. Operating from his homebase RAF Lakenheath in the UK and part of the USAFE (493TFS/48TFW). Photo 4 August 1976.

F-111F 70-2416/LN with red fin-tip from the 494TFS/48TFW and based at RAF Lakenheath in the UK landed at Kleine-Brogel AB in Belgium during the Nato Tactical Air Meet in June 1986. The markings on the nose refer to the participation of the 494TFS in Operation El Dorado Canyon, the air raid on Tripoli, Libya on 14 and 15 April 1986.

VA-46 "CLANSMEN" operates from "CVW1 USS JOHN F. KENNEDY". A-7E 159978/AB-313 was present during the Open House of Ramstein AB,  West-Germany, on 30 July 1978. 

Also present at the Open House of Ramstein AB in 1978 was F-4J 155761/AA-202 from VF-74, operating from "CVW17 USS FORRESTAL". Photo 29 July 1978. 

Sk37E 37808/11 of F7 Skaraborgs Flygflottilj on static during the Air Show of Såtenäs in Sweden on 31 August 1975.

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