Military aircraft from the NATO base at Keflavik

Updated July 18, 2006 (F-15s from 131 FW St. Louis, Missouri,
the last F-15s to be based at Keflavik)

B-1  B-52  B707  CC-137  EH-101  F-15  F-16  F-4F  HH-60  C-130  KC-135  Mirage  P-3  T-33  TU-154  SU-27 MIG-29


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One of the two B-52H bombers that took part in Northern Viking 97 taking off from a wet runway 29 on August 4, 1997, mixing oily exhaust and water and leaving small twisters behind.

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A Boeing B-52H of the 96th Bomber Squadron from Barksdale AFB touches down on runway 29 on August 4. 1997. This was during Northern Viking 1997

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A Boeing B-52H of the 5th BW. landing at Keflavik for the first time during Northern Viking 1995 on July 17.
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A B-52H of the 5. BW at Minot AFB landing at Keflavik on July 17, 1995. This was the second B-52 to land at Keflavik, 5 minutes after the first.

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A Rockwell B-1B Lancer of the 7. BS at Dyess AFB landing on runway 02. It is caught during the first B-1 landing at Keflavik during Northern Viking 95 on July 17, 1995.
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A Tupelov TU-154M of the Luftwaffe landing on runway 20 on july 28, 1992.
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The supporting KC-135R from the Alabama Air Guard takes off from runway 02 in the morning of March 30, 1999.

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Ten Italian AF Tornados stopped by on the way to Canada for a Maple Flag exercise at Cold lake. Bringing maintenance and support people were two Boeing 707s, one of which is pictured here. July 3, 2002. (I missed the Tornados landing, but have them all parked on the ground)
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A Canadian Forces Boeing CC-137 taking off from runway 11 on June 28, 1994. It has wingtip refuelling pods.  Photo taken from the edge of taxiway Echo.

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An HH-60G from the 56. Resque Squadron taking off from the ramp in front of its hangar on 27. January 1998. The 56th ARS is the only squadron permanently assigned to the 85th Group and the only unit to use the IS tail code, signifying Iceland. The 57th FIS did carry those letters on it's F-15s as can be seen on the Black Knights page.
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Taken from a small hill on July 6, 1998 this photo shows one of the HH-60Gs of the 56th Resque Squadron practicing combat air rescue and using the terrain to hide while approaching a survivor on the ground.

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Keflavik, June 27, 2006. A rare visitor to Keflavik on its way to the Middle East was this Lockheed AC-130U Hercules gunship. These airplanes are among the most devastating weapons in use against ground targets, with one 25 mm rotary cannon, one 40 mm cannon and one 105 mm howitser, which is more commonly used on the ground to attack tanks. It also has various sensors in bulges around the fuselage to aid with aiming these terrible weapons.

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Keflavik, June 27, 2006. A rare visitor to Keflavik on its way to the Middle East was this Lockheed AC-130U Hercules gunship.  Here it is starting up.

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Keflavik, June 27, 2006. A rare visitor to Keflavik on its way to the Middle East was this Lockheed AC-130U Hercules gunship.  Taking off from runway 20

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Keflavik, June 27, 2006. A rare visitor to Keflavik on its way to the Middle East was this Lockheed AC-130U Hercules gunship. Taking off from runway 02. the guns are well visible on the left side of the fuselage.

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A Hercules tanker from the US Marine Corps fills one of the HH-60G helicopters of the 56. Rescue Squadron at Keflavík on a practice mission on 6. July 1998. The HH-60 has moved quite a bit to the right after linking up as can be seen from the angle of the right hand hose. Note the refuelling probe is on the right hand side of the HH-60G. Taken with a 28 mm lens from the left gunners seat.

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Danish C-130J, B538 turning onto echo taxyway for takeoff position on runway 02. This was the perfect opportunity to get a good propeller circle photo, but the wind made it impossible to steady the camera at a slow enough shutter speed, so later perhaps. September 28, 2005

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Danish C-130J, B538 taking off into the strong northerly wind. Runway 02. September 28, 2005

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Danish C-130J, B538 taking off into the strong northerly wind. Runway 02.September 28, 2005
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German F-4F 37+24 taking off from runway 02 on August 12, 1994.  It was one of a group of twelve coming from Canada.
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German F-4F 38+54 taking off from runway 02 on 16. july 1997.  One of two that stopped overnight, it has a Canadian zap on its right intake lip.

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A CT-33A from 434 squadron Canadian Air Force alongside a Canadair CE-144 from the same unit on August 28, 1996.

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A Norwegian F-16A after taking on fuel from a KC-135R on 7. February, 1997.

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The Royal Norwegian Air Force came to do DACT training with the Hawian ANG. This photo is taken when the last of four F-16s landed in a snowstorm on runway 20 on April 14. 1999.

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An F-16 of the Royal Danish Airforce landing on runway 02 on October 3. 1995. The pilots are looking at the photographer.

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Dutch F-16A, J-879 of 312 Squadron Dutch Air Force taking off during Exercise Northern Viking 1997.

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An F-16 of the Dutch Air Force taking off on August 6, 1997, the day after the end of the exercise Northern Viking 1997. The pilots did a splendid demontration of evasive action on take off.

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Same applies to the next shot.

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Third shot in the series.

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An F-16C from the 20. Wing from Cannon AFB on a cross country mission from Keflavik to Leuchars, Scotland on July 2, 1997. The 20. is the first F-16 wing to take up the defense of Iceland.

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Two F-16Cs from the 20 Wing based at Cannon AFB on a cross country mission to Leuchars on July 2, 1997.

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Two F-16Cs from the Crusaders landing in perfect formation on runway 02 on 16. Sptember 1997.

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An F/A-18D going to Hungary for demonstration purposes photographed taking off from runway 11 on August 15. 1998. The aircraft had the Bu.No. 165409 and carried MARINES stencilling on the fuselage, but had not been delivered. It was flown by Boeing pilots and stopped for refuelling by the civil terminal much to the surprise of the staff there.
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An Ukranian SU-27 Flanker came to Keflavik on Saturday 20. June 1998 on its way to a friendly visit to Seymour Johnson AFB in the US and the 4th Wing. A KC-135R escorted it through western airspace and when it took off just past noon on Sunday, 21. June, the KC-135 had taken off before and circled round.   This shot includes both of them, but the light was very poor.
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The C-17 that moved the killer whale named Keiko to the Vestman Islands, broke a strut in its front right main gear. The wheel assembly was removed on the spot and the plane flown to Keflavik with only one gear one the right side. Here it is sitting on jacks in the big Icelandair maintenance facility at Keflavik, being repaired. Plans say it will fly out on September 17.  Photo taken September 16.
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Another view of the same aircraft, which just fits into one of the two bays in the big hangar.
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Two German Navy Tornados also took off at the same time to practise with the F-15s.  Here is one of them.
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On Saturday, 28 April, 2001, sixteen Mirage fighters from the French Air Force landed at Nas Keflavik on their way to Canada. Eight were Mirage 2000, and eight were Mirage F1. Here two of the single seat 2000s take off on Sunday Morning from runway 02. Four KC-135 R tankers, three Transall C-160 and one C-130 supported the group.
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On Saturday, 28 April, 2001, sixteen Mirage fighters from the French Air Force landed at NAS Keflavik on their way to Canada. Eight were Mirage 2000, and eight were Mirage F1. Here one of the single seat 2000s takes off on Sunday Morning from runway 02. Four KC-135 R tankers, three Transall C-160 and one C-130 supported the group.
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On Saturday, 28 April, 2001, sixteen Mirage fighters from the French Air Force landed at NAS Keflavik on their way to Canada. Eight were Mirage 2000, and eight were Mirage F1. Here one of the F1s takes off on Sunday Morning from runway 02. Four KC-135 R tankers, three Transall C-160 and one C-130 supported the group.

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Two Canadian rescue CH-149 Cormorant (in Europe called EH-101 Merlin) stopped at NAS Keflavik on July 3, 2002 while crossing the Atlantic over to Europe. They were escorted by a CAF Hercules.

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Two Canadian rescue CH-149 Cormorant (in Europe called EH-101 Merlin) stopped at NAS Keflavik on July 3, 2002 while crossing the Atlantic over to Europe. They were escorted by a CAF Hercules.

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Seven MIG-29s from the Luftwaffe made an overnight stop at NAS Keflavik on May 5-6, 2003. Here is 29+02 landing on Runway 20 just after 1500 on May 5, 2003. They came via Edinburgh, Scotland, and routed to Narsarsuaq, Greenland on their way to Eglin AFB, Florida for exercise "Sniper 2003"

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Seven MIG-29s from the Luftwaffe made an overnight stop at NAS Keflavik on May 5-6, 2003. Here is 29+06 landing on Runway 20 just after 1500 on May 5, 2003. They came via Edinburgh, Scotland, and routed to Narsarsuaq, Greenland on their way to Eglin AFB, Florida for exercise "Sniper 2003"

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Seven MIG-29s from the Luftwaffe made an overnight stop at NAS Keflavik on May 5-6, 2003. Here is 29+08 landing on Runway 20 just after 1500 on May 5, 2003. They came via Edinburgh, Scotland, and routed to Narsarsuaq, Greenland on their way to Eglin AFB, Florida for exercise "Sniper 2003"

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Seven MIG-29s from the Luftwaffe made an overnight stop at NAS Keflavik on May 5-6, 2003. Here is 29+10 in special markings landing on Runway 20 just after 1500 on May 5, 2003. They came via Edinburgh, Scotland, and routed to Narsarsuaq, Greenland on their way to Eglin AFB, Florida for exercise "Sniper 2003"

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Seven MIG-29s from the Luftwaffe made an overnight stop at NAS Keflavik on May 5-6, 2003. Here is 29+14 with a Grissom AFB KC-135R in the background,  landing on Runway 20 just after 1500 on May 5, 2003. They came via Edinburgh, Scotland, and routed to Narsarsuaq, Greenland on their way to Eglin AFB, Florida for exercise "Sniper 2003"

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Seven MIG-29s from the Luftwaffe made an overnight stop at NAS Keflavik on May 5-6, 2003. Here is 29+15 landing on Runway 20 just after 1500 on May 5, 2003. They came via Edinburgh, Scotland, and routed to Narsarsuaq, Greenland on their way to Eglin AFB, Florida for exercise "Sniper 2003"

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Seven MIG-29s from the Luftwaffe made an overnight stop at NAS Keflavik on May 5-6, 2003. Here is 29+19 landing on Runway 20 just after 1500 on May 5, 2003. They came via Edinburgh, Scotland, and routed to Narsarsuaq, Greenland on their way to Eglin AFB, Florida for exercise "Sniper 2003"
     

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