The 60th Fighter Squadron is stationed at Eglin AFB, Florida. The squadron received their first F-15A/B’s in 1978. In 1979 the unit participated in the “Kadena Ready Eagle” program in which the members of the 60th trained new F-15 pilots stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
The 60th made its first combat deployment since World War II when it sent ten F-15s to Grenada in support of Operation Urgent Fury, the rescue of American medical students held in Grenada in the mid 1980s. The unit continued to train and hone its combat fighting skills until it was called upon to fly support missions for Operation Just Cause (the removal of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega from Panama in the early 1990s).
Currently the 60th Fighter Squadron operates 27 F-15C/D Eagles and continues to support various theater Commander-in-Chiefs by providing air superiority by all who call upon its service.
Eglin takes part Red Flag-Alaska
4/16/2008 – A 60th Fighter Squadron F-15C takes off for a training mission during RED FLAG-Alaska April 15. The 60th Fighter Squadron is assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing from Eglin AFB, Fla. Nearly 1,600 U.S. and foreign participants have gathered in Alaska to simulate real-life combat scenarios. RED FLAG-Alaska 08-2 includes air forces from Austrailia, Canada and the United Kingdom as well as the U.S. Air Force. The next RED FLAG-Alaska is set for June 5-20.
60th Fighter Squadron’s Last F-15 Flight
12/5/2008 – Lt. Col. Mike Winkler, 60th Fighter Squadron commander, recieves the traditional Air Force fini flight wet down by fellow “Fighting Crows.” It wasn’t the end of the pilot’s career but the final 60th FS sortie for the unit that will realign under the 58th Fighter Squadron in preparation for the 33rd Fighter Wing’s drawdown. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Chrissy Cuttita)
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