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79th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Redesignated 79th Fighter Squadron Oct. 1, 1991
79th Tactical Fighter Squadron logo. Submitted by Art Sevigny, 77TFS asst NCOIC Aircrew Life Support & 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron Historian.

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79th Tactical Fighter Squadron logo. Submitted by Art Sevigny, 77TFS asst NCOIC Aircrew Life Support & 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron Historian. 1971 Tiger Meet 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron patch. 1977 NATO Tiger Meet. Patch_79_TFS_Subd.jpg 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron patch, Operation Desert Storm version. 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, USAFE Top Fighter Squadron - 1981. NATO Tiger Meet 1989.
NATO Tiger Meet 1990. Patch_79_FS_Subd.jpg 79th TFS Desert Storm. Patch_79th_TFS_DesertStorm.jpg Patch_79th_TFS_DesertStorm2.jpg 79th Fighter Squadron 75th Anniversary. Submitted courtesy of Rene W. Kleingeerts. 79th Fighter Ssquadron, 75th Anniversary. Submitted by Martin Pratt.
The 79th rejoined the 20th Tactical Air Command in 1970, which had moved to Royal Air Force Station Upper Heyford and upgraded to the F-111 aircraft. The 79th became the first to be operationally ready in this new aircraft in all of Europe, and first in the world in the "E" model.

As part of Joint Task Force Proven Force at Incirlik AirBase, Turkey, in January 1991, the 79th became the first squadron to employ the F-111E in combat, supporting operation Desert Storm. Without sustaining a loss, the "Loco Squadron" flew 293 combat sorties.

On October 1st, 1991, the squadron was redesignated the 79th Fighter Squadron due to restructuring within the USAF. In April 1993, the 79th was inactivated and reactivated on January 3rd, 1994 at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, USA.


The 1970's
Submitted by Duane Park, 20th SPS, 1976 - 1978.

"Home of the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1977."

Submitted by Duane Park, 20th SPS, 1976 - 1978.

Submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982.

Submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982.

1977 NATO Tiger Meet poster.

1977 NATO Tiger Meet poster.

Submitted by Duane Park, 20th SPS, Nov 1976 - Nov 1978.


The 1980's
The 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1988. Submitted by Lt. Col. Larry Carter, Commander, 79th Fighter Squadron, 1988-1990.

The 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1988.

Submitted by Lt. Col. Larry Carter, Commander, 79th Fighter Squadron, 1988-1990.

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left rear view of two 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-111E aircraft. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: UNKNOWN
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05140
Source: www.defenseimagery.mil

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of F-111E aircraft of the 79th, 77th and 55th Tactical Fighter Squadrons in formation with a 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron EF-111A Raven aircraft over snow-covered mountains in northern Scotland. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: northern Scotland
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05154

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of F-111E aircraft of the 79th, 77th and 55th Tactical Fighter Squadrons in formation with a 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron EF-111A Raven aircraft over snow-covered mountains in northern Scotland. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: northern Scotland
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05153
Source: www.defenseimagery.mil

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of F-111E aircraft of the 79th, 77th and 55th Tactical Fighter Squadrons in formation with a 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron EF-111A Raven aircraft over a lake in northern Scotland. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: northern Scotland
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05152
Source: www.defenseimagery.mil

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of a Utah Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling a 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-111E aircraft. A 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-111E and a 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron EF-111A Raven aircraft await their turn while in flight over the northern part of the English Channel. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: ENGLISH CHANNEL
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05144
Source: www.defenseimagery.mil

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of a 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-111E Aardvarck aircraft, a 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron EF-111A Raven aircraft, a 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron Aardvarck aircraft and a Utah Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft flying in formation over the northern part of the English Channel. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: ENGLISH CHANNEL
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05146
Source: www.defenseimagery.mil

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of a Utah Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling a 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-111E aircraft. A 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-111E and a 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron EF-111A Raven aircraft stay in close formation while in flight over the northern part of the English Channel. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: ENGLISH CHANNEL
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05145
Source: www.defenseimagery.mil

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of a Utah Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling a 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-111E aircraft. A 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-111E and a 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron EF-111A Raven aircraft await their turn while in flight over the northern part of the English Channel. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: ENGLISH CHANNEL
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05143
Source: www.defenseimagery.mil

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of F-111E aircraft of the 79th, 77th and 55th Tactical Fighter Squadrons in formation with a 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron EF-111A Raven aircraft over a valley in northern Scotland. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: northern Scotland
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05151
Source: www.defenseimagery.mil

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 27 Mar 1987 by SSgt Fernando Serna. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of a 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron EF-111A Raven aircraft leading F-111E aircraft of the 79th, 77th and 55th Tactical Fighter Squadrons over Loch Ness, Scotland. DoD photo released to public domain.

Photographer's Name: SSGT FERNANDO SERNA
Location: LOCH NESS
Date Shot: 3/27/1987
VIRIN: DF-ST-88-05148
Source: www.defenseimagery.mil

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 6 Apr 1987 by Sgt David Nolan. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of an F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing leading an EF-111A Raven aircraft of the 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron and an F-111E Aardvark aircraft of the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron. These aircraft are part of a larger, 15-aircraft formation taking part in an aerial review for departing General (GEN) Charles L. Donnelly Jr., commander in chief, US Air Force, Europe and commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe. DoD photo released to public domain.
High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 6 Apr 1987 by Sgt David Nolan. (Released to Public)  Source: www.defenselink.mil. An air-to-air left side view of an F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing leading an EF-111A Raven aircraft of the 42nd Electronic Countermeasures Squadron and an F-111E Aardvark aircraft of the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron. These aircraft are part of a larger, 15-aircraft formation taking part in an aerial review for departing General (GEN) Charles L. Donnelly Jr., commander in chief, US Air Force, Europe and commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe.

DoD photo taken on 6 Apr 1987 by Sgt David Nolan, released to public domain.

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 1 Jan 1983 by TSgt Jose Lopez. (Released to Public) National Archive# NN33300514 2005-06-30. Source: www.defenselink.mil. A left side air-to-air view of an F-111 aircraft dropping four bombs on a target range. The F-111 is flown by the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, 3rd Air Force, RAF Upper Heyford.

DoD photo taken on 1 Jan 1983 by TSgt Jose Lopez. Released to public domain.
National Archive# NN33300514 2005-06-30

High resolution image. DoD photo taken on 1 Jan 1983 by TSgt Jose Lopez. (Released to Public) National Archive# NN33300514 2005-06-30. Source: www.defenselink.mil. A close-up view of the refueling boom of a Utah Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as seen from the cockpit of a 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-111E aircraft during an aerial refueling operation.

DoD photo released to public domain.

Submitted by John Double, 20th CRS/Automatic Test Stations, Jul 1983 - Sep 1990. From page 6 of the "Welcome To Britain '82 - '83" information packet.

Submitted by John Double, 20th CRS/Automatic Test Stations, Jul 1983 - Sep 1990.

79TFS & AMU - 1989. Submitted by Lt. Col. Larry Carter, Commander, 79th Fighter Squadron, 1988-1990.

'79TFS & AMU - 1989'
A combined picture of the 79th TFS and the 79th AMU during a weapons training deployment (WTD) to Incirlick Air Base, Turkey during 1989. Many of these same people were again deployed to Incirlick nearly a year later (August 1990) when Iraq invaded Kuwait. At that time, they were the only offensive United States land based capability in the Southern Region therefore receiving coverage by CNN and Time Magazine. That initial WTD deployment evolved over the following six months into a thoughly effective combat unit with aircraft and crews from all the 20th TFW's squadrons."

Submitted by Lt. Col. Larry Carter, Commander, 79th Fighter Squadron, 1988-1990.

Lt. Col. Larry Carter.

Lt. Col. Larry Carter

Commander, 79th Fighter Squadron, 1988-1990

Chief, Weapons and Tactics, 1987

Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, 77TFS and Weapons and Tactics; 1977 - 1981

Here are some pictures from the 79th squadron circa 1987-1989.
1988 squadron photo - 79TFS.  Submitted by Gregg ''Mr Bill'' Billman, 79th TFS, Wing Flight Safety, Wing Weapons and Tactics and 77th TFS, Mar 1987 - Jun 1991. Capts Billman (left) and Basher (right) with F-111E, 68-040, ''The Other Woman''.  Submitted by Gregg ''Mr Bill'' Billman, 79th TFS, Wing Flight Safety, Wing Weapons and Tactics and 77th TFS, Mar 1987 - Jun 1991. Same guys, same plane.  Submitted by Gregg ''Mr Bill'' Billman, 79th TFS, Wing Flight Safety, Wing Weapons and Tactics and 77th TFS, Mar 1987 - Jun 1991. Billman, same plane.  Submitted by Gregg ''Mr Bill'' Billman, 79th TFS, Wing Flight Safety, Wing Weapons and Tactics and 77th TFS, Mar 1987 - Jun 1991. Billman, same plane.  Submitted by Gregg ''Mr Bill'' Billman, 79th TFS, Wing Flight Safety, Wing Weapons and Tactics and 77th TFS, Mar 1987 - Jun 1991. Capts Billman, Hancock, and Basher in Q room, Karup Denmark for ''Brazen Deed'' NATO exercise.  Submitted by Gregg ''Mr Bill'' Billman, 79th TFS, Wing Flight Safety, Wing Weapons and Tactics and 77th TFS, Mar 1987 - Jun 1991.
1. 1988 squadron photo - 79TFS
2. Capts Billman (left) and Basher (right) with F-111E, 68-040, "The Other Woman"
3. Same guys, same plane
4. Billman, same plane
5. Ditto
6. Capts Billman, Hancock, and Basher in Q room, Karup Denmark for "Brazen Deed" NATO exercise.

Submitted by Gregg Billman, 79th TFS, Wing Flight Safety, Wing Weapons and Tactics and 77th TFS, Mar 1987 - Jun 1991.


The 1990's
68-053. Submitted by Bryan 'Stew' Stewart, 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Nov 1987 - Nov 1993. 68-053 & DCC SSgt Stewart. 68-079 at Tiger Meet.

Submitted by Bryan "Stew" Stewart, Crew Chief, 680053 "Christine", 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Nov 1987 - Nov 1993.

Submitted by CMSgt. Morgan R. Deveault

79th, 1993
"Last squadron photo of 79th FS (Operations and Maintenance) at RAF Upper Heyford. I think it was taken in March or April 1993, as squadron closed down."

Submitted by CMSgt. Morgan R. Deveault, 1990-1993 20 TFW (Quality Assurance), 79 TFS (Maint Superintendent). Also served as SSgt. 1970-1973 with the 20th OMS.

Submitted by Daryle Rowan. Note: This is a 4 meg file!

This is also one of the last pictures that the 79th took. Don't remember the date, but it was before alot of us got shipped over to the 55th.

Submitted by Daryle Rowan.

Submitted by Mike Neill. "The date of the 'Tiger Meet' was 06th Feb 1993 and the aircraft in the photo was 68-079."

Submitted by Mike Neill.

79Tigers-thm.jpg

79th `Tigers' Turn 75
From The Guardian, Vol. 9, No. 7, Friday Feb. 19, 1993.

Submitted by CMSgt. Morgan Deveault, 20 TFW (Quality Assurance), 79 TFS (Maint Superintendent), 1990 - 1993.


79th Tactical Fighter Squadron Commanders at RAF Upper Heyford
Note: Rank shown on this page represents that which was held at that time.
Click name or photo (if highlighted) for biography.
RankNameDates
Lieutenant ColonelRobert H. Darlington29 Jul 68 - 24 Jan 70
Lieutenant ColonelFred W. Gray24 Jan 70 - 10 Dec 71
Lieutenant ColonelDavid B. Hubbard10 Dec 71 - c. Mar 73
Lieutenant ColonelJohn S. Rumphc. Mar 73 - 1 Jun 74
Lieutenant ColonelHarry Pawlik1 Jun 74 - 16 Jun 75
Lieutenant ColonelGeorge F. Houck, Jr.16 Jun 75 - 22 Jun -76
Lieutenant ColonelJohn D. Phillips22 Jun 76 - 26 Sep 77
Lieutenant ColonelHoward W. Nixon26 Sep 77 - 28 Aug 79
Lieutenant ColonelGrady H. Reed III28 Aug 79 - 28 Jan 80
Lieutenant ColonelFrank B. Pyne28 Jan 80 - 9 May 80
Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel John G. Lorber. John G. Lorber 9 May 80 - 17 Jun 82
Lieutenant ColonelJoseph N. Narsavage, Jr.17 Jun 82 - I Jun 84
Lieutenant ColonelPeter A. Granger1 Jun 84 - 29 May 87
Lieutenant ColonelSteven R. Emory29 May 87 - 27 Feb 88
Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Larry G. Carter, 27 Feb 1988 - 12 Jan 1990. Larry G. Carter 27 Feb 88 - 12 Jan 90
Lieutenant ColonelStephen A. Mires12 Jan 90 - 14 Sep 91
Lieutenant ColonelMark A. Hyatt14 Sep 91 - 23 Apr 93
Source: Pages 46 and 47 of "History of the 20th Fighter Wing and RAF Upper Heyford" 1 January 1994, submitted by Tom Wetherby, MSgt, (retired) 20th EMS AMMO. Also worked in the Transportation Sq. as a HGV driver during the Gulf War. 1987 - Sept 1989.
Submitted by Earl Clark, 2168th Comm Squadron, Oct 1974 - Nov 1983. From page 1 of The Vanguard - August 8, 1975

Submitted by Earl Clark, 2168th Comm Squadron, Oct 1974 - Nov 1983.

History of the 79th Fighter Squadron
http://www.au.af.mil/au/afhra/wwwroot/rso/squadrons_flights_pages/0079fs.html


F-111 YouTube Video Links...

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Length: 4 minutes, 39 seconds.


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F-111 capsule ejection

F-111 capsule ejection demonstration.

Length: 28 seconds.


F-111 Cockpit

F-111F Crew Escape Module- On Display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas. Crew Module restored and able to power up.

Length: 35 seconds.


F-111 F Model Cockpit

A more detailed tour of the F-111F Crew Module on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas. After 8,000 hours of restoration this cockpit powers up with multiple systems working.

Length: 3 minutes, 13 seconds.


F111's display at Upper Heyford 92

4 x F111E and 2 x EF111A display at Sky Pagent 92.

Length: 3 minutes, 46 seconds.


79th TFS Notes & Quotes

"The 79th first moved to Upper Heyford from RAF Woodbridge while the construction of new hangars and facilities was still underway with a handful of F-100's and converted to the F-111 shortly thereafter and fortunate to Command the79th from the Squadron's initial arrival. During my two years as Commander we hosted the Tiger Meet at Heyford in 1969 and we traveled to Klein Brogel Air Base, Belgium in 1970.
Best regards,
Fred W. Gray."

Commander, 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron.

Memorabilia
F-111E of 20 TFW at RAF Valley airshow. Photo by Steve Brock. F-111E of 20 TFW at RAF Valley airshow.

Photo by Steve Brock.

Dec. 22, 2002. Submitted by Russ Kendall, CMSgt, [Ret]. Dec. 22, 2002. Submitted by Russ Kendall, CMSgt, [Ret]. Dec. 22, 2002. Submitted by Russ Kendall, CMSgt, [Ret]. "To make a long story short, my wife's cousin, Nick Woolcott, saved the 79th TFS bar from destruction. It is now in his house, which is in the old officer's housing area [tobacco housing]. Nick is an F-111 maniac, and amateur base historian, having been born and spent his life in the village Upper Heyford." Submitted by Russ Kendall, CMSgt, (Ret).

Related story on Mr. Nick Woolcott can be found on the "Memorials" page.

This plaque was found at auction on www.ebay.com, summer of 2004. This plaque was found at auction on www.ebay.com, summer of 2004.
Submitted by Ben Uffen, The Netherlands.

An image of a T-shirt made for the 79th TFS in reference to Operation Desert Storm.

Submitted by
Ben Uffen
Swinger fan
The Netherlands


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