366th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagles return home from Africa Shadow War

On Oct. 5, a flight of (at least four) F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft with 366th Fighter Wing returned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, after being deployed to an “undisclosed location” in Southwest Asia.

As already explained, that location is most probably Djibouti, from where an F-15E contingent has been (covertly) operating for more than 10 years in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa as an Expeditionary Squadron of the 380th Expeditionary Operations Group, based at Al Dhafra, in the United Arab Emirates.

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On their way back to the CONUS, the F-15E Strike Eagle made a stopover at Lajes Field in the Azores, where they were photographed by The Aviationist’s contributor André Inácio.

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Top Image (credit U.S. Air Force) shows the Strike Eagles with the 389th Fighter Squadron taxi to their shelters at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 5, 2013.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.