Aircraft of the 57th FIS. Last updated June 11, 2012 (Photo page below)

The early history of the 57th FIS (pre F-15) 
(at the present only carries photographs of F-89s, F-102s and F-4Cs.)
Published on September 22, 2000. Updated with additional photographs since (last update, April 17, 2005).


A list of types and individual planes
operated by the 57th from 1953 to 1995

F-4C T-33A F-4E F-15


June 11, 2012. I am slowly converting this page and adding some photos that are new to it, but have been accessible on Airliners.net.
I am linking directly to them via clicking on the index photos, and the ones not on Airliners.net are also going to be
linked via the thumbnails. I have changed all the F-4s and the T-33A, but not the F-15s yet.

f4c576-256.JPG (4620 bytes) Return to Index F-4C 63-7576 was the 57th FIS bicentennial bird and carried this treatment for most of 1976 and well into 1977.  Shown here taking off from runway 20 on 10. August, 1976.
f4c576-256.JPG (4620 bytes) Return to Index F-4C 63-7576 was the 57th FIS bicentennial bird and carried this treatment for most of 1976 and well into 1977.  Shown here taking off from runway 20 on 10. October, 1976.

Return to Index F-4C 63-7495 landing on runway 02 on 26 April 1977. 495 was the last of 13 F-4Cs for the 57th to arrive in Iceland, and also the last to carry the original checkerboard design on the rudder as seen here.

Return to Index Two McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantoms of the 57th FIS landing on runway 02 during May of 1977. The 57th operated F-4Cs from 1973 to 1978 with no losses.

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Return to Index McDonnell Douglas F-4C 63-7666 landing on runway 20 on 19. May 1977.  It is carrying the William Tell markings for 1976 on its tanks, and seems reasonably healthy on this day.  This aircraft was for a long time in 1975 at least a "hangar queen" and went by the nickname of "triple sick".

Return to Index F-4C Phantom 63-7688 landing on runway 20 in May 1977.

Return to Index F-4C Phantom 63-7529 practising touch and goes on runway 20 on May 19, 1977.

Return to Index Lockheed T-33A 58-0540 from the 57th FIS doing low approaches on May 19, 1977. The 57th operated a number of different T-33As from 1954 to 1985.

Return to Index The first F-4Es to arrive in Iceland were 66-334 and 66-328, here shown with temporary markings applied only to 334 and 328. All the others were painted grey before they were dressed up in squadron markings. This photo is taken on May 1, 1978, and 328 is landing on runway 20.

Return to Index Two F-4Es, 66-0330 and 66-0382, flying over the sands of the south coast on a photo mission of May 3, 1979.

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Return to Index Two F-4Es flying over the icefalls of Vatna-jökull, the largest glacier in Europe on a photo mission of May 3, 1979.

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Return to Index F-4E, 66-382 from the top of a roll, taken on a photo mission of May 3, 1979.

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Return to Index Two F-4Es flying over the highest peak of Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur in the Vatna-jökull glacier. Hvannadalshnjúkur is an extinct volcano. Taken on a photo mission of May 3, 1979.

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Return to Index F-4Es 66-328 and 66-382 of the 57th FIS escorting E-3 Sentry 76-1605 over the H-3 radar site on 3 May 1979. The 57th operated F-4Es from 1978 to 1985 with no losses. This is the first time that photography of an E-3 in formation with fighters was allowed.

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Return to Index F-4Es 66-328 and 66-382 of the 57th FIS escorting E-3 Sentry 76-1605 over the mountains of the south-east coast on 3 May 1979. The 57th operated F-4Es from 1978 to 1985 with no losses. This is the first time that photography of an E-3 in formation with fighters was allowed.

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Return to Index F-4Es 66-328 and 66-382 of the 57th FIS escorting E-3 Sentry 76-1605 over the mountains of the south-east coast on 3 May 1979. The 57th operated F-4Es from 1978 to 1985 with no losses. This is the first time that photography of an E-3 in formation with fighters was allowed.

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Return to Index The formation over the snowscapes of the southern higlands on a photo mission of May 3, 1979.

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Return to Index The formation passing the greater munici-pality of Reykjavík, Iceland's capital on a photo mission of May 3, 1979.

Return to Index F-4E, 66-336 landing on runway 02 in January 1980. At this time the Black Knight marking was in the original position on the tail, and the two checkerboard stripes also.

Return to Index The last F-4E Phantom vaiting to taxi onto the runway for departure at 1100 hours on 18. November 1985 as one of the new F-15Cs takes off. The sun shines horizontally on the aircraft at this time of year and day.

Return to Index The last F-4E Phantom vaiting to taxi onto the runway for departure at 1100 hours on 18. November 1985 as one of the new F-15Cs takes off. The sun shines horizontally on the aircraft at this time of year and day.

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Return to Index The first F-15C for the 57th lands at Keflavik in July 1985 after the long flight from Langley AFB Virginia.

Return to Index The first F-15 for the 57th to land in 1985 was F-15D, 80-057. It was also the airplane that I flew in for the photographic mission on 5 May, 1986. The 57th operated F-15C and D models from 1985 to 1995 and lost only one aircraft, 80-037 in January of 1986.

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The tail of F-15D, 80-057 on a high angle climbout from NAS Keflavik on 5. May 1986. The new Leifur Ericson terminal can be seen under construction in the lower right hand corner, and the northern end of the departure runway in just above the top of the left tail fin.

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Taken over the ski area of Blafjöll mountains on  5. May 1986. Some of the lifts can just be discerned on the biggest photo. Photographed from F-15D, 80-057.

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Two F-15Cs from the 57th FIS over Reykjavik Airport on 5. May 1986. Photographed from F-15D, 80-057.

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Two F-15Cs from the 57th FIS alongside the Volcano Snæfellsjökull on 5. May 1986. Photographed from F-15D, 80-057.

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Two F-15Cs from the 57th FIS alongside the Volcano Snæfellsjökull on 5. May 1986. Photographed from F-15D, 80-057.

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The two F-15Cs on the May 5, mission doing a low approach over runway 20 at NAS Keflavik. Visible is the P-3 parking area and the then civil terminal.

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F-15D, 80-057 landing on a wet runway 02 in the summer of 1992.

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A 57th FIS F-15C, 80-046 taking off from runway 11 in June 1992. The F-15s are instructed to to execute a righthand turn soon after takeoff from this runway to diminish the noise level in the village of Reykjanesbær. Some of its houses are directly beneath the end of the runway. This pilot made his turn a bit early.
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Taken on 11 June 1992, F-15C 80-046 had just been repainted as the AFI commanders aircraft (seen also in another photo on this page).   This photo is taken from the ground showing the aircraft after a short and low take-off from runway 11.  This is the same take off as above
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F-15C 80-046 in the markings of Commander Air Forces Iceland, landing on runway 20 on 28. July, 1992.  Col. Tom Allen, Commander AFI is the pilot.
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Taken when 80-046 is landing on runway 20 on August 4, 1993.  It had just been repainted after being in the scheme shown above.  At this time AFI had been changed to 35th Wing and 80-035 had just received a new paintwork as the Wing Commanders aircraft.  The style of the IS on the tail of 46 was unique to it and 35.  Even the paintshop personnel denied that the aircraft had ever been painted with this style.

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F-15Cs from the 57th FIS landing on runway 02 in April 1994. The 57th operated F-15Cs and Ds from 1985 to its disbandment in March 1995. It only lost one aircraft, 80-037 in January 1986. The aircraft in the foreground is the personal aircraft of the commander of the 35th wing at this time, Colonel Richard B. Cross. (see above)

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F-15Cs from the 57th FIS taking off from runway 11 in April 1994. The same group as in the previous picture taking off on the same day.

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Three 57th FS F-15Cs returning from a sortie and executing a tactical break over the downwind end of runway 20 in August 1993.

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F-15C, 80-035 which became the 35 Wing airplane after AFI had changed to 35th Wing. This is taken during the last Viking Thunder exercise that the 57th took part in in November 1995. 35 is taking off from an icy runway 11. Here the style of the markings has been changed from the previous photographs.

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80-041 was the last F-15C to be repainted in the 57th FS paintshop and also the last airplane to be designated as the 57th FS airplane, as evidenced by the small lettering on its fin. Taken during the last Viking Thunder Exercise like the one above, 041 is landing on runway 02.

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