Another OEF rotation: 18 South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 fighter jets return from Afghanistan

Aug 22 2012 - Leave a Comment

Between Aug. 19 and 21, a total of 18 F-16CJs belonging to the 169th FW / 157th FS “Swamp Fox” of the South Carolina Air National Guard arrived in Morón, Spain on their return leg from Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The aircraft have been replaced in theatre by the Minnesota Air National Guard F-16CJs belonging to the 148th FW “Bulldogs” from Duluth International Airport that made a stopover in Spain on Aug. 10.

The three 6-ship flights respectively used callsigns “Mazda 31-36″, “Mazda 41-46″ and “Mazda 01 -06″ and were each supported by two aerial refuelers.

Once again The Aviationist’s contributor Antonio Muñiz Zaragüeta was there and took the following picture on an arriving F-16.

Image credit: Antonio Muñiz Zaragüeta

Noteworthy, in the span of a month, two South Carolina Air National Guard pilots reached 4,000 hours in the F-16 while deployed  in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.