Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET JAY Ramstein AB (West Germany) 9 JANUARY - 18 FEBRUARY 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
57 TTW/66 FWS
(
Nellis AFB, Tactical Air Command)
A-10A (4) WA (black/yellow)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 75-0258 75-0261 75-0262 75-0297
Further Info

Diverted to RAF Upper Heyford (support was HC-130N 69-5819 55 ARRS) 8 January due to weather. En route home they stopped at RAF Bentwaters 18 February for a demonstration, departing to CONUS (via Keflavik) on 23 February. 75-0258 & 0262 were in the experimental 'JAWS' scheme.

 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET SNIPE (Arctic Express) Stavanger - Sola (Norway) 26 FEBRUARY - 10 MARCH 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
123 TRW/165 TRS
(
Standiford Field, Kentucky ANG)
RF-4C (10) KY* (none)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 64-1035 64-1060 64-1070 64-1073 64-1084 65-0823 65-0836 65-0837 65-0852 65-0873
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
124 TRG/190 TRS
(
Boise, Idaho ANG)
RF-4C (3) - (yellow)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 65-0845 65-0898 65-0907
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
152 TRG/192 TRS
(
Reno ANGB, Nevada ANG)
RF-4C (4) - (Various - See serials)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 64-1016(wh) 64-1029(rd)[1] 64-1030(?) 65-0876(bl)
Further Info

Unknown number of aircraft also arrived 27 February. Callsigns were Tenor 11-16, 21-26, 31-36. 17 RF-4Cs managed to get away as Dizzy 11/21/31 Flights on 10 March. * Carried small 'KY' in white at top of fin.
[1] Went unserviceable, this relocated to RAF Alconbury on 17 March and finally departed for CONUS on 24 March.

 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
NOT ASSIGNED NAS Keflavik (Iceland) 25 APRIL - 13 MAY 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
23 AD/87 FIS
(
K.I. Sawyer AFB, Air Defense Command)
F-106A (4) - (red 'Bull' tail marking)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 59-0035 59-0091 59-0095 59-0051
Further Info
Stood alert duties whilst 57 FIS changed from F-4C's to E-Models.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET MALLARD (Dawn Patrol) Aviano AB (Italy) 10 MAY - 30 MAY 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
131 TFW/110 TFS
(
St. Louis, Missouri ANG)
F-100D/F (12) - (red/white)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger F-100D 55-3620 55-3710 55-3770 56-3118 56-3397 55-3610 55-3557 55-2877 55-2795 55-3737 F-100F 56-3859 56-3868
Further Info
Last F-100 deployment to Europe
 
ffffffffffffffffff 110 TFS F-100D 55-2877 photographed landing at Aviano AB during 'Coronet Mallard'
ffffffffffffffffffffff© Unknown/Via Henk Scharringa
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET QUAIL (Dawn Patrol) Ghedi AB (Italy) 12 MAY - 2 JUNE 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
183 TFG/170 TFS
(Capitol Airport, Illinois ANG)
F-4C (12) - (Various - See serials)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 63-7490(bl) 63-7570(yl) 63-7626(u) 63-7672(yl) 63-7683(bl) 63-7699(bl) 64-0679(rd) 64-0691(bl) 64-0713(rd) 64-0776(yl) 64-0822(bl) 64-0899(yl)
Further Info
Command Post for the return to Springfield was provided by EC-135K 55-3118 which arrived RAF Mildenhall 1 June.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
NOT ASSIGNED (Dawn Patrol) RAF Woodbridge (United Kingdom) 14 MAY - 13 JUNE 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
24 AD/17 DSES
(
Malmstrom AFB, Air Defense Command)
EB-57E (4) - (none)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 55-4240 55-4241 55-4242 55-4253
Further Info
Arrived from Keflavik. Also deployed to Italy (Grazzanise) and Germany during this deployment. They had returned to Woodbridge by the 9 June, if not earlier?
 
ffffffffffffffffff Back at RAF Woodbridge after deploying to Germany and Italy for Exercise 'Dawn Patrol' EB-57E 55-4241
fffffffffffffffffffffffundergoes routine maintenance on 9 June 1978.
ffffffffffffffffffffff© Peter R Foster/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
BEST FOCUS '78 Rygge AB (Norway) 24 MAY - 5 JUNE 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
152 TRG/192 TRS
(
Reno ANGB, Nevada ANG)
RF-4C (8) - (white/blue)*
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 64-1019 64-1021 65-0876[1] 65-0886[1] 64-1016
Further Info

Only 5 aircraft have been identified. Arrived at Rygge as Retro 51-54, 61-64 and on departure to Shaw AFB Retro 71-74, 81-84. * Aircraft carried special deployment marks consisting of white rudder with 'USA' in red with blue shadow, Tail stripe was white with 5 blue stars.
[1]
Diverted to RAF Alconbury on 5 June, departed to CONUS 14 June as Retro 82/84

 
ffffffffffffffffff Eight RF-4C's from the Nevada ANG 192 TRS deployed to Rygge AB, Norway for 'Best Focus 78' in late May.
ffffffffffffffffffffff Illustrating the special markings (including 'Best Focus 78' logo on the drop tank) carried for the event is
ffffffffffffffffffffffRF-4C 64-1021. © Unknown/Via MilPix/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
RAF Tactical Bombing Competition RAF Lossiemouth (United Kingdom) 9 JUNE - 12 JULY 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
23 TFW
(
England AFB, Tactical Air Command)
A-7D (10) EL (none)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 71-0309 71-0333 71-0350 72-0184 72-0192 72-0193 72-0198 74-1750 74-1751 71-1758
Further Info
No squadron identified, was probably 3 squadron composite deployment, comprising 74 TFS, 75 TFS and 76 TFS.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET ORIOLE RAF Sculthorpe (United Kingdom) 10 JUNE - 23 JUNE 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
301 TFW (507 TFG)/465 TFS
(
Tinker AFB, Air Force Reserve Command)
F-105D (18) SH (blue)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 59-1729[1] 61-0069 61-0084[2] 61-0099[3] 61-0108[4] 61-0115 61-0146 61-0152 62-4242 62-4301 62-4346 62-4348 62-4360 62-4372 62-4383
Further Info
Crews from the 457 TFS at Carswell AFB also participated (no aircraft). Callsigns used on arrival/departure from/to Tinker AFB were Drug 11-16, 21-26, 31-36 & Fungo 11-16, 21-26, 31-36. Four of the F-105s were named, they were [1] "East Anglian Express" [2]"Pork's Pig" [3]"Mad Bomber" [4] "Ground Hog"
 
ffffffffffffffffff Photographed at RAF Sculthorpe during June 1978 is F-105D 61-0152, one of eighteen 'Thuds' that visited the
fffffffffffffffffffffffEast Anglia base for 'Coronet Oriole'. © Unknown/Via Alec Molton/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET HERON RAF Coltishall (United Kingdom) 12 JUNE - 23 JUNE 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
363 TRW/62 TRS
(
Shaw AFB, Tactical Air Command)
RF-4C (18) JO (Various - See serials)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 65-0936(rd) 65-0942(bl/wh) 66-0444(bl/wh) 66-0407(rd) 66-0452(rd) 66-0453(bl/wh) 66-0456(bl/wh) 66-0474(rd) 66-0476(rd)
stagger 67-0449(rd) 67-0462(rd) 67-0463(rd) 67-0466(rd)[1] 67-0458(rd) 66-0470(bl/wh) 69-0377(bl/wh) 68-0580[2] 69-0382[2]
Further Info

Command Post for this deployment was provided by 8 TDCS EC-135K 55-3118 (which arrived at Mildenhall 12 June). The deployment left Coltishall as Huss 11-16, 21-26, 31-36. 3 RF-4Cs (all unknown serials) had to divert to RAF Alconbury, 2 departed for CONUS 30 June (Retro 81/82) and the last one on 1 July as Retro 83.
[1] Diverted to Norwich Airport on 12 June, arrived at Coltishall 14 June. [2] These were transferred to the 10 TRW at RAF Alconbury. Noted as unmarked/uncoded. 363 TRW took back ex 10 TRW 65-0908/65-0927 (uncoded), which had arrived at Coltishall by the 21 June.

 
ffffffffffffffffff Crewed by 62 TRS but comprised of RF-4C's from three of the 363 TRW four Squadrons 'Coronet Heron' also
fffffffffffffffffffffffincluded a aircraft swap with the RAF Alconbury based 10 TRW.
ffffffffffffffffffffff© Unknown/Via Alec Molton/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
SALTY BEE '78 Zweibrücken AB (West Germany) 19 JUNE - 19 JULY 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
67 TRW
(
Bergstrom AFB, Tactical Air Command)
RF-4C (18) BA (Various - See serials)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 66-0395(wh) 67-0434(wh) 67-0435(wh) 67-0436(rd) 67-0439(rd) 67-0441(rd) 67-0444(wh) 67-0450(rd/wh) 68-0548(wh)
stagger 68-0587(rd) 68-0591(rd) 69-0357(wh) 69-0359(wh) 69-0380(wh) 69-0384(wh) 72-0146(rd) 72-0150(rd) 67-0432(wh)
Further Info

Squadron not identified. Command Post for the return to Bergstrom was provided by EC-135K 55-3118 from the 8 TDCS. Departed using Awash 11-16, 21-26, 31-36 Callsigns.

 
ffffffffffffffffff RF-4C 68-0587 assigned to the 12 TRS. Zweibrücken AB was the chosen venue for the annual 'Salty Bee'
ffffffffffffffffffffffdeployment in June/July 1978. © Unknown/Via Michael Beier/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET TEAL RAF Wittering (United Kingdom) 9 JULY - 28 JULY 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
112 TFG/146 TFS
(
Greater Pittsburgh IAP, Pennsylvania ANG)
A-7D (3) - (black/yellow)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 70-1017 71-0296 74-1743
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
121 TFW/166 TFS
(
Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio ANG)
A-7D (3) - (blue/white)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 71-0367 72-0186 72-0220
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
169 TFG/157 TFS
(
McEntire ANGB, South Carolina ANG)
A-7D (12) SC (none)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 70-0934 70-0960 70-0965 71-0335 71-0364 71-0365 71-0366 72-0258 73-1001 73-1015 74-1738 74-1741
Further Info
Arrived direct from McEntire ANGB. EC-135K 55-3118 8 TDCS supported their return to McEntire.
 
ffffffffffffffffff 'Coronet Teal' was a three Squadron ANG deployment to RAF Wittering. Seen here is one of three Pennsylvania
fffffffffffffffffffffffAir Guard A-7D Corsair II's.© Bob Archer
ffffffffffffffffff Making up the majority of the deployed A-7D's was the McEntire based 157 TFS.
ffffffffffffffffffffff© Unknown/Via Alec Molton/Peter Greengrass Collection
ffffffffffffffffff The Ohio ANG's 166 TFS sent along three A-7Ds Photographed at RAF Wittering on 25 July is 71-0367.
fffffffffffffffffffffff© Alec Molton/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
NOT ASSIGNED (Cold Fire) Bitburg AB (West Germany) 10 AUGUST - 2 OCTOBER 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
24 AD/17 DSES
(
Malmstrom AFB, Air Defense Command)
EB-57E (5) - (none)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 55-4263 55-4253 55-4266 55-4281 55-4295
Further Info

Arrived via Keflavik. Departed 14 August to Karup AB for exercise OKSBOEL 78 (air defence exercise simulates an invasion of Denmark) and returned unknown date to Bitburg. Departed via Keflavik to CONUS.

 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET SPARROW (Oksboel 78) Karup AB (Denmark) 16 AUGUST - 5 SEPTEMBER 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
35 TFW/561 TFS
(
George AFB, Tactical Air Command)
F-105G (4) GA (yellow)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 62-4416[1] 62-4422 62-4425 63-8319
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
35 TFW/562 TFS
(
George AFB, Tactical Air Command)
F-105G (8) GA (green)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 62-4434 62-4446 62-8276 63-8285[1] 63-8320 63-8328 63-8339 63-8350
Further Info
On arrival at Karup used Raw 11-16, 21-26 Callsigns.
[1] These left approx. two weeks later than the rest.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET STORK Jever AB (West Germany) 28 AUGUST - 25 SEPTEMBER 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
347 TFW/68 TFS
(
Moody AFB, Tactical Air Command)
F-4E (18) MY (red)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 69-7218 69-7220 69-0247 69-7257 69-0258 69-7262 69-7268 69-0269 69-0270
stagger 69-7286 69-7291 69-0293 69-7298 69-7302 69-0306 69-7561 69-7572 69-7579[1]
Further Info
One source quotes departure date to be 29 September.
[1] carried 3 Mig Kill marks.
 
ffffffffffffffffff 68 TFS assigned F-4E 69-0293 at Jever AB, Germany during Coronet Stork deployment in.
fffffffffffffffffffff © Peter Doll/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET KINGFISHER (Bold Guard) Oslo-Gardermoen (Norway) 30 AUGUST - 20 SEPTEMBER 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
27 TFW/522 TFS
(
Cannon AFB, Tactical Air Command)
F-111D (8) CC (red)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 68-0129 68-0163 68-0169 68-0172 68-0166 68-0151 68-0122(522TFS C/O) 68-0111(multi)
Further Info
This was the the first overseas deployment of the F-111D. Also involved in COLD FIRE
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CRESTED CAP (Autumn Forge) Ramstein AB (West Germany) 2 SEPTEMBER - 2 OCTOBER 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
4 TFW/335 TFS
(
Seymour-Johnson AFB, Tactical Air Command)
F-4E (24) SJ (green)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 71-0247 71-1079 72-0122 72-0124 72-0128 72-0136 72-0141 72-0143 72-0159 72-0160 72-0162 72-1407
stagger 72-1476 72-1482 72-1483 73-1163 73-1171 73-1173 73-1196 74-0645 74-1038 74-1040 74-1625 74-1631
Further Info

Officially attached to 86 TFW/USAFE, 2 September–2 October.
Command Post for their arrival was provided by 55 SRW EC-135C 53-8047 (arrived Mildenhall 2 September) and re-deploy by 8 TDCS EC-135K 55-3118.

 
ffffffffffffffffff 1978 was the first year of 4 TFW 'Crested Cap' deployments. Taking part in 'Autumn Forge' the deployment
fffffffFFFffffffffffcrews were provided by the 335 TFS. © Unknown/Via Michael Beier/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET SWALLOW (Bold Guard) Rygge AB (Norway) 9 SEPTEMBER - 26 SEPTEMBER 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
114 TFG/175 TFS
(
Sioux Falls, South Dakota ANG)
A-7D (18) SD (red/white)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 69-6236 70-0939 71-0349
Further Info

15 serials still unidentified. Supported by EC-135K 55-3118 8 TDCS.

     
ffffffffffffffffff A-7D 70-0939 - one of only three A-7s identified from this deployment - makes it's final approach to RAF
ffffffffffffffffffffffLakenheath for a visit on 18 September 1978. © Don Gilham
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CRESTED CAP (Autumn Forge) Ramstein AB (West Germany) 11 SEPTEMBER - 11 OCTOBER 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
4 TFW/336 TFS
(
Seymour-Johnson AFB, Tactical Air Command)
F-4E (24) SJ (yellow)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 69-7583 71-1092 71-1397 72-0135 72-0139 72-0140 72-0142 72-0144 72-0161 72-1478 72-1479 72-1484 73-1160
stagger 73-1164 73-1165 73-1168 73-1172 73-1177 73-1181(rd) 73-1182 73-1188 73-1194 73-1200(rd) 74-1042
Further Info

Officially attached to 86 TFW/USAFE 11 September –13 October. The usual 8 TDCS EC-135K 55-3118 supported their return to CONUS.

 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET SANDPIPER Soesterberg AB (Netherlands) 13 SEPTEMBER - 20 DECEMBER 1978
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
1 TFW/71 TFS
(
Eglin AFB, Tactical Air Command)
F-15A (11) FF (red)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 74-0087 74-0096 74-0098 74-0106 74-0126 74-0131 75-0019 75-0020[1] 75-0033 75-0038 75-0039[1]
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)
1 TFW/94 TFS
(
Eglin AFB, Tactical Air Command)
F-15A (7) FF (blue)
stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 75-0024 75-0032 75-0034 75-0046 76-0056 76-0058 76-0059[2]
Further Info
Deployed to take over the NATO alert commitment (71 TFS started standing alerts 29 September) from 32 TFS at Soesterberg AB, whilst that unit converted to F-15 Eagles. The first two 32 TFS F-15As (77-0074 & 77-0075) arrived with this deployment on 13 September (18 December saw the final 32 TFS F-15s delivered). Deployment was manned by 71 TFS crews, 13 September - 27 October, then 94 TFS. 6 unidentified F-15As departed 22 November.
[1] These two arrived 6 September. [2] Departed 20 December, aborted soon after and returned in company with two others (serials not known). All 3 finally departed 22 December.
     
ffffffffffffffffff F-15A 76-0059, one of the seven 94 TFS Eagles deployed to cover the NATO Alert commitment whilst the 32 TFS
ffffffffffffffffffffffre-equipped with F-15s. © Unknown/Via Bob den Engelsman/Peter Greengrass Collection
 
 
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