Unique formation: F-15, F-22, Su-30, Mig-29N, BAE Hawk and F/A-18 flying together

Jun 20 2014 - 12 Comments

Here’s something you don’t see too often!

As already explained, Cope Taufan 14 is a biennial Large Employment Exercise taking place from Jun. 9 to 20 in Malaysia, to improve U.S. and Malaysian cooperation.

During the exercise, which also featured DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training) between U.S. F-15s from 104th Fighter Wing, from Barnes ANGB (Air National Guard Base), Massachusetts, and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters from the 154th Wing, Joint Base Peal Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, participating units arranged a quite unique mixed formation of U.S. Air Force and Royal Malaysian Air Force aircraft.

On Jun. 18, RMAF MIG-29N Fulcrum, Su-30, a BAE Hawk, and an F/A-18 Hornet formated off the coast of Penang, Malaysia, with the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle and F-22 Raptor, for a photo-session.

Such large, dissimilar formations are usually arranged to celebrate the end of large multi-national exercises with at least one aircraft belonging to each of the participating units.

Cope Taufan

Image credit: U.S. Air Force