Friday, January 18, 2013

Alaskan Aggressor F-16s, Oregon F-15s headed Down Under

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald

173rd Fighter Wing, 114 Fighter Sqn, Oregon Air National Guard Photo

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There will be some interesting visitors Down Under in late February/early March. We've just gotten word that the United States Air Force (USAF) will be supporting the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) ongoing Fighter Combat Instructor (FCI) course by providing adversary support. This year would see the colourful Aggressor F-16s of the USAF's 18th Aggressor Squadron, 354th Fighter Wing and the F-15s from the 114th Fighter Squadron, 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard at RAAF Base Williamtown from 25 February to 22 March 2013.

If previous years are a guide, the two USAF squadrons will take turns training with the RAAF, with one squadron spending the first two weeks of the above dates at Williamtown before the second squadron takes over for the next two weeks. This will be the first time the 18th AGRS is coming to Australia, while the 114th FS had previously supported the 2008 iteration of the RAAF's FCI course.

The 18th AGRS is normally based at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska while the 114th FS hails from Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base, Klamath Falls, Oregon.


  1. any chance they may transit thru S'pore?

  2. Unlikely. The Aggressors should be heading down from Guam after Cope North while the Oregon Eagles will also most likely transit through Guam

  3. I have been reading that the F-15's are not coming now. Do you know if this is true or not.