[Video] U.S. F-15C jet fighter scrambles from Lithuanian airbase

U.S. F-15C Eagle jets belonging to the 48th Fighter Wing from RAF Lakenheath, UK, are providing NATO Air Policing in the Baltics Area.

The following footage shows US F-15C pilots “scrambling” for action at the Baltic Regional Training Event held at Šiauliai, Lithuania, on Apr. 1.

US pilots based in Šiauliai, Lithuania provide Air Policing in the Baltics region, where Russian Air Force strategic bombers presence often requires NATO jet fighters to perform Alert Scrambles, to intercept Il-20 spyplanes, Tu-22M Backfire bombers and Su-27 fighter jets.

On Feb. 24, two F-15Cs taking part to a flyby in Estonia were diverted to intercept a Russian plane before overflying the city of Pärnu.

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  1. Wow it takes a long time for them to scramble…

    The ground crew is very “relaxed”… at T+0:10 in the video you still see “remove before the flight” strips withing the gear after 1 engine was already started.

    Not a good operation for defense of a small countries

  2. The tip of the spear. F-15C’s. Still among the best air defense tools you can have around, if not the best.

  3. They just happened to be passing eh? How handy! Looks like more chips are being thrown in for this round of the game. As Mark Twain once said “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – The F15 looks like its got plenty of fight left in it. Its also a design classic! I never tire of seeing this machine or its counterpart the Su-27.

  4. 24 Mar 1999
    EDGE 61
    Kill Mark: 493 EFS/48 FW
    Mike “Dozer” Shower

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