Gallery: USAF F-15C Eagles land at Ämari Air Base (3)
Twelve F-15C Eagle fighter jets from the 493d Fighter Squadron of the US Air Force (USAF), known by the nickname of the "Grim Reapers," landed at the Ämari Air Base in Estonia on Friday ahead of joint air drills scheduled to begin on Monday.
In addition to the USAF's newly arrived twelve F-15Cs, four additional F-15C fighter jets from the Romanian Air Force's (RoAF) 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, which arrived on Thursday from the RoAF 71st Air Base in Câmpia Turzii, British Eurofighter Typhoons currently stationed at Ämari as part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission, the Estonian Air Force's L-30 training jets and personnel from the Ämari air operations control center will be taking part in the training event slated to take place on workdays through Sept. 2, spokespeople for the Estonian military in Tallin said.
"The soon to begin joint air training is a sign that the US takes seriously its pledge to contribute to the security of our region," Estonian Air Force Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Toomas Susi said. According to Susi, the drills will help to enhance the cooperation of different countries' air forces.
The McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle is an American single-seat twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed to gain supremacy in aerial combat. It was originally designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and is known for its good acceleration capabilities, avionics and maneuverability.