Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
KEFLAVIK ALERT NAS Keflavik (Iceland) 4 january - ? april 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

1 fw
(Langley AFB, Air Combat Command)

f-15c (4)

ff (Various - see serials)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagg80-0038(rd) 81-0029(yl) 81-0034(rd) 82-0018(rd)
Further Info
The Wing rotated pilots and personnel from each of the fighter squadrons.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
OPERATION dELIBERATE GUARD Aviano AB (Italy) 9 january - 8 march 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

354 FW/355 FS
(Eielson AFB, Pacific Air Command)

A-10A/OA-10A (6)

AK (BLACK)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]

stagger A-10A 80-0178 80-0240 OA-10A 78-0700 81-0944 81-0970 81-0995[1]
Further Info
Deployed as Cube 51-56 and returned home as Cube 71-76.
[1] Marked '355 FS'
 
FFFFFFFFF Returning to Aviano after another sortie in support of 'Operation Deliberate Guard' is A-10A 80-0240, assigned
FFFFFFFFFFFF to the 355 FS, 354 FW.
© Unknown/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
operation deLIBERATE GUARD Aviano AB (Italy) 30 january - 2 APRIL 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

150 FW/188 FS
(Kirtland AFB, New Mexico ANG)

F-16C (8)

NM (yellow)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 88-0473 88-0477 88-0480[1] 88-0489[1] 88-0506 88-0513 89-2021[2] 89-2041[1]
Further Info
Deployed to cover for 31 FW who were deployed away (Red Flag?). Arrived as Mazda 51-54, 61-64 and departed as Trend 41-44, 51-54.
[1] Departed 3 April [2] Attempted to depart 2 April but returned and was replaced by 88-0506. Finally departed 3 July (?)
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
CORONET ALTERNATOR
(Adventure Express 97)
Andøya AB (Norway) 28 fEBRUARY - 14 MARCH 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

174 fw/138 fs
(Syracuse, New York ANG)

F-16C/d (10)

NY (low-viz)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger F-16C 87-0235 87-0248[1] 87-0253 87-0261 87-0275 87-0279 87-0286 87-0341 87-0344[1] F-16D 87-0384
Further Info
Diverted to RAF Luechars 26 February as Trend 41-46, 51-54.
[1] Departed RAF Leuchars 4 March to Andøya
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
KEFLAVIK ALERT NAS Keflavik (Iceland) ca. APRIL - 15 MAY 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

102 fw/101 fs
(Otis ANGB, Massachusetts ANG)

F-15a (5)

- (none)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 77-0102[1] 77-0113 77-0106 77-0105 77-0096
Further Info
Had arrived by 15 April as they were noted at RAF Leuchars this day.
[1] Marked 102 FW
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
operation deLIBERATE GUARD Aviano AB (Italy) 2 APRIL - 2 JUNE 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

110 fw/172 fs
(Battle Creek, Michigan ANG)

a-10A (6)

BC (none)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger80-0262 80-0263 80-0264 81-0994 81-0998 81-0996
Further Info
Departed as Trend 31-36
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
operation NORTHERN WATCH Incirlik AB (Turkey) 5 april - 2 july 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

115 fw/176 fs
(Madison, Wisconsin ANG)

f-16c (4)

wi (red)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

178 fw/162 fs
(Springfield, Ohio ANG)

f-16c (4)

oh (red/yellow)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 86-0262 86-0327 87-0283 87-0342
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

419 fw/466 fs
(Hill AFB, Air Force Reserve Command)

f-16c (4)

hi (Unknown)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger
Further Info
176 FS/466 FS aircraft unidentified. Deployment staged via Moron AB, Spain. First time that reserve and guard personnel and equipment teamed up in support of ONW. Crewed by 176 FS (April-May), 162 FS (May-June) & 466 FS (June - July). 419 FW History has this to say: " The 419th Fighter Wing (June 2 - July 2) and the 482nd Fighter Wing (July 2 – Aug. 2)[1] flew 670 sorties and 1,605 hours while deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation Northern Watch. 419th pilots had logged more than 203 missions over the skies of Iraq "
[1] See seperate deployment later in year for info concerning this.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
operation NORTHERN WATCH Incirlik AB (Turkey) 10 april - 25 may 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

131 fw/110 fs
(St. Louis, Missouri ANG)

f-15A (7)

sl (RED/WHITE)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 75-0065[1] 75-0075 75-0079 76-0031 76-0033 76-0072 76-0107[2]
Further Info
Arrived RAF Lakenheath 7 April as Trend 11-14, 21-23. Departed as Trend 11-16 10 April to Incirlik replacing 493 FS/USAFE (see also note). Departed via Moron AB, Spain.
[1] Air spare and returned to Lakenheath. Departed to Incirlik 9 May to replace 76-0107 [2] Returned to Lakenheath on 6 May and departed as Jump 11 to Moron 23 May.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
operation NORTHERN WATCH Incirlik AB (Turkey) 19 APRIL - ca. JUNE 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

35 FW/14 FS
(Misawa AB, Pacific Air Command)

f-16c (6)

WW (yellow)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 90-0807 90-0811 90-0816 90-0817
Further Info
2 F-16s remain unknown. Deployment was last noted 2 May. Staged via Lajes. Replaced 52 FW/USAFE at Incirlik.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
operation NORTHERN WATCH Incirlik AB (Turkey) ca. MAY - JULY? 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

159 fw/122 fs
(NAS New Orleans, Louisiana ANG)

f-15A (8)

JZ (MULTI)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger
Further Info
No aircraft or departure date identified. Staged via Moron late May replacing Missouri Guard F-15As
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
KEFLAVIK ALERT NAS Keflavik (Iceland) 14 MAY - ca. JUNE 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

142 FG/123 fs
(Portland IAP, Oregon ANG)

f-15a (4)

- (none)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 73-00089 75-0061 76-0041 77-0063
Further Info
 
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
NOT ASSIGNED RAF Mildenhall (United Kingdom) 21 may - 25 may 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

57 fw/ads 'Thunderbirds'
(Nellis AFB, Air Combat Command)

f-16c/d (7)

- (none)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger F-16C 87-0303/1 87-0329/2 87-0327/3 87-0325/4 87-0331/6 87-0313/7[1] F-16D 87-0381/8
Further Info
Displayed only at Mildenhall for annual Air Fete.
[1] Re-numbered to 5 for display.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
coronet beacon (Central Enterprise) Karup AB (Denmark) 25 may - 26 june 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

301 fw/457 fs
(NAS JRB Fort Worth, Air Force Reserve Command)

f-16c (8)

tx (red/white/blue)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 85-1410 85-1456 85-1458 85-1467 85-1468 85-1479 85-1484 85-1564
Further Info
Deployed a number of a/c to Laage for DACT with MIG29/F-4F. 301 FW documents have this to say concerning the deployment: " The mission objectives for the fighter unit include joint maritime operations in the Baltic Sea, interdiction missions with Maverick air-to-surface missiles, and defensive counter air missions. The deployment is designed to enhance combat capabilities with realistic combat training and expose Air Force Reserve Command pilots to the capabilities of the MiG-29 Fulcrum. A total of 200 reservists from the 301st Fighter Wing took their F-16s and 95 tons of support equipment to Karup, Denmark, for exercise Central Enterprise. The deployment from the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base began 24 May 1997 and lasted five weeks. The fighter wing deployed with the 927th and 940th Air Refueling wings from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., and McClellan Air Force Base, Calif. An E-3B airborne warning and control system aircraft from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., flown by an AWACS crew from the Reserve’s 513th Air Control Group operated out of Geilenkirchen, Germany, to support the exercise. The exercise tested unified maritime operations in the Baltic Sea, interdiction missions with Maverick air-to-surface missiles and defensive counter air missions. The deployment was designed to heighten combat capabilities with realistic combat training and expose Air Force Reserve Command pilots to the capabilities of the MiG-29 Fulcrum. KC-135s from the 927th Air Refueling Wing and the 940th Air Refueling Wing flew 56 sorties and 188.4 hours. F-16s from the 301st Fighter Wing flew 220 sorties and 369.7 hours. An E-3B, manned by personnel assigned to the 513th Air Control Group, unit flew 13 sorties and 93.50 hours while operating from bases in central Europe. "
 
FFFFFFFFF Welcome visitors to Europe in 1997 were the 457 FS from Fort Worth, Texas. Photographed in June at Karup are
FFFFFffffffffFF F-16Cs 85-1484 & 85-1456
. © Josef Strerath/Via Josef Strerath/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
unknown Mirogod (Ukraine) 10 june - 14 june 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

4 FW
(Seymour-Johnson AFB, Air Combat Command)

F-15E (5)

sj (Various - see serials)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]

stagger 87-0189(bl)[2] 87-0197(rd)[2] 88-1679(bl)[2] 89-0493(gn)[3] 89-0494(multi)[1]
Further Info
For goodwill visit. Arrived RAF Lakenheath as Slip 11-15 on 8 June. 4 F-15Es departed to Morogod 10 June and returned 14 June as Slip 11-14 (also see notes)
[1] Stayed at Lakenheath. Marked 4 FW. Departed as Slip 15 on 14 June bound for Moron AB to join a 4 FW 'Operation Southern Watch' deployment which was returning home. [2] Departed to CONUS (possibly via Moron?) as Slip 11-13 15 June [3] Slip 14 diverted to RAF Mildenhall on return from Mirogod. It was joined by 4 FW F-15E 88-1668(yl) (from the OSW deployment mentioned above at Moron). Both these departed home about a week later.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
KEFLAVIK ALERT (Northern Viking) NAS Keflavik (Iceland) 30 JUNE - 2 OCTOBER 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

27 FW/523 FS
(Cannon AFB, Air Combat Command)

f-16c (5)

cc (BLUE)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger 86-0313 86-0342 86-0347 87-0246[1] 87-0349[1]
Further Info
Whilst deployed for Alert duties (First time F-16s had been assigned) they also particpated in Exercise Northern Viking.
[1] Detatched to Lakenheath from 9/9/97 to 15/9/97 for DACT as Dallas 11/12
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
operation NORTHERN WATCH Incirlik AB (Turkey) ca. JULY - 2 OCTOBER 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

174 FW /138 FS
(Syracuse, New York ANG)

F-16c (6)

NY (LOW-VIZ)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

187 FW/160 FS
(Montgomery, Alabama ANG)

F-16C (6)

al (red)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger
Further Info
No aircraft or arrival date identified (probably early July). Crewed by Alabama Guard for first 30 days then New York. Staged via Moron AB as Trend 31-36, 41-46, departed to CONUS 4 October.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
operation NORTHERN WATCH Incirlik AB (Turkey) 2 JULY - 2 AUGUST 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

482 fw/93 fs
(Eglin AFB, Air Combat Command)

f-16c (12)

FM (LOW-VIZ)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]

stagger
Further Info
No aircraft identified. Replaced 419 FW deployment. AFRC documents state: " Another Reserve F-16 unit, the 482nd FW will send 12 Block 32 aircraft to Incirlik in July for a month to support Northern Watch. The reservists will be replaced by a Guard F-16 unit flying Block 30s, says Byrd. "In future deployments where we are responsible for two- or three-month rotations during contingency operations, we will pair the 419th with the 301st (FW from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas) and the 482nd FW with the 944th (FW from Luke AFB, Ariz.)," said Byrd. "They fly the same block F-16s, so they can share the same aircraft. The savings in flying hours and fuel make these deployments more cost-effective."
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
unknown (Northern Viking) NAS Keflavik (Iceland) ca. AUGUST - ? 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

33 fw/58 fs
(Eglin AFB, Air Combat Command)

F-15C/D (?)

eg (BLUE)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]
stagger
Further Info
No aircraft or dates identified.
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
coronet blade
(Tactical Fighter Weaponry)
Karup AB (Denmark) 18 AUGUST - 6 september 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

140 wg/120 fs
(Buckley ANGB, Colorado ANG)

F-16C/D (10)

CO (BLUE/WHITE)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]

stagger F-16C 86-0338[1] 86-0339 86-0367 86-0368 87-0229 87-0231 87-0284[1] 88-0401[2] F-16D 86-0050 87-0368
Further Info
Only 5 F-16s departed home as Cube 11-15 on 6 September (see notes). Also mini-deployments to Germany to fly with German MiG-29s and to the Republic of Slovenia for state-to-state partnership
[1] Cube 21-23 Departed 7 September . The two noted diverted to Lakenheath and departed home 9 September The third F-16 remains unidentified. [2] Wing Commanders aircraft. Marked with large 'Cougars head' and 140 WG titles.
 
FFFFFFFFF Captured on a rather dull August day at Karup is F-16C 87-0284, one of 10 Vipers deployed to Karup to participate
FFFFffffffFfffFF in Tactical Fighter Weaponry '97
© Unknown/Via Erik op den Dries/Peter Greengrass Collection
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
unknown (Eagles Talon 97) Powidz AB (Poland) 8 september - 17 september 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

183 fw/170 fs
(Springfield, Illinois ANG)

F-16C/D (6)

si (unknown)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]

stagger F-16C 86-0263 87-0236[1] 87-0249 87-0296 87-0324 F-16D 87-0370
Further Info
Staged via RAF Lakenheath 6 September/17 September as Cube 71-76. Departed home 19 September as Mazda 71-76. During the exercise in Poland they combined with 52 FW F-16Cs, 126 ARW KC-135s and 182 AW C-130s to form the 52nd Combined Airpower Expeditionary Wing.
[1] Marked 183 FW
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
KEFLAVIK ALERT NAS Keflavik (Iceland) 1 october - 31 december 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

33 fw/60 fs
(Eglin AFB, Air Combat Command)

F-15C (5)

eg (red)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]

stagger 84-0016 85-0094 85-0112 85-0115 85-0121
Further Info
Official dates only
 

Deployment - (Exercise Name)

Deployment Base (Country) Deployment Dates
operation northern watch Incirlik AB (Turkey) ? 1997
Wing/Squadron (Base/Command) Aircraft Type (Number Deployed) Tailcode (colour)

113 FW/121 FS
(Andrews AFB, Distict of Columbia ANG)

f-16 (?)

dc (unknown)

stagger Deployed Aircraft Serials (Colour) [notes]

stagger
Further Info

No further info. Only mentioned in unit history.

 
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