The 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron was stationed at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.The squadron converted from F-4s to F-15A/B’s in 1977 and continued to fly the F-15 until the early 90’s. The 7th TFS was one of the last units to operate the “old” version of the F-15A/B’s. The squadron transitioned to the F-117A’s  starting in1991 and completing the transition in 1992.

During the 1980’s the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron deployed a couple of times;

Westover AB, Utah 1985 in support of Red Flag
Red Flag 86-01 Nellis AFB
Gilze Rijen AB, Netherlands,  ” Coronet Scout”  from May 29th till June 24th 1986
William Tell Competition 1988 , Tyndall AFB

During the deployment to Gilze-Rijen AB in 1986, Capt “Link” authored a song that the pilots of the 7th TFS adopted as theirs.

The tune is “But there wasn’t quite as many as there was a while ago”

“In 1986 we took a little trip, across the broad Atlantic in a Bunyap twenty ship.
We took our AIM-7s and we took our AIM-9Ls
and we met the bloody commies and we blew’em all to hell…

We fired Fox One’s but the commies kept a comin’
There must have been a hundred of them running in the sun
We fired AIM-9s and then commenced to Gunning
and chased the bloody bastards all the way back to Moscow…

Old G’man said if we grab’em by the balls we can back the bloody bastards
up against the burning walls,
so we thumbed it back to heaters and fired another round
than we pooped the boards, lit the burners, and egressed back around…

We fired Fox One’s but the commies kept a comin’
There must have been a hundred of them running in the sun
We fired AIM-9s and then commenced to Gunning
and chased the bloody bastards all the way back to Moscow…

and they turned high tails and lit their afterburners..
and they ran like rabbits just as fast as they could go,
they ran so fast that out Lima’s couldn’t catch’em
accross the Polish border all the way back to Moscow….

by Capt. “Link”

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