318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

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The 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron was stationed at McChord AFB in Washington State. The 318 FIS converted from F-106A's to F-15A/B's in 1983. The mission of the 318 FIS was Air Defense of the North-West of the United States and Canada. In 1989 Air Force Officials announced their intentions to inactivate the 318th FIS and transfer the units F-15's to Oregon Air National Guard's 123rd FIS / 142d FIG who would also  take over the 318th air defense responsibilities in the Northwest. On May 24, 1989 the first F-15 to leave McChord, landed at Portland International Airport to begin the units new assignment in the Eagle. 

F-15 and crew on the 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron's flightline. (Picture donated by gary H. Price / McChord Air Museum)

In November of 1989, two F-15 Eagles from the 318th FIS flew east to engage in the Squadrons last battle, aerial combat with two F-16's from Montana ANG. This battle ended as most did for the 318th, a Green Dragon victory. The F-15's were flown home and after dismounting their fighters pilots Lt. Col Chuck Colgrove, and Lt. Col. John Kugler, Commander,  were given a ceremonial wetting down by their squadron mates. The Colonels each opened a bottle of champagne in a toasted to all present and former "Green Dragons". On December 7, 1989, the 318th colors were sheathed for the last time and the unit was deactivated.

F-15, T-33, & F-106 flying over Mt. Rainer, WA (Picture donated by gary H. Price / McChord Air Museum)

F-15's flying past Mt. Rainer in the clouds (Picture donated by gary H. Price / McChord Air Museum)

Flight of 4 F-15's over the Tacoma Narrows of Puget Sound. Washington State ( Picture donated by Gary H. price / McChord Air Museum)

(I am looking for more information of the 318th FIS in the F-15A/B/C/D era, like squadron rituals, history, personal stories related to the 318th FIS etc) Any information that you would like to donate can be sent to eagle@skytrailer.com


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