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493rd Fighter Squadron USAFE
 

Touchdown AviationConstituted 56th Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 20 Nov 1940, the Squadron activated on 15 Jan 1941. It was redesignated the 56th Bombardment Squadron (Dive) on 28 Aug 1942; 493rd Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 10 Aug 1943; 493rd Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 30 May 1944, before being inactivated on 7 Nov 1945. Redesignated 493rd Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 25 Jun 1952, the unit activated on 10 Jul 1952. It was redesignated: 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron on 8 Jul 1958 and the 493rd Fighter Squadron on 1 Oct 1991. Inactivated on 18 Dec 1992, the Squadron activated on 1 Jan 1994.

The 493rd Fighter Squadron, nicknamed the ‘Grim Reapers,’ at RAF Lakenheath, England, is the only F-15C fighter squadron in the U.S. Air Forces in Europe. The mission of the 493rd FS is to rapidly mobilize, generate, and deploy combat ready F-15C aircraft and people to perform air superiority and air defense missions in support of U.S. and NATO war plans and commitments. The unit has flown the F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft at Lakenheath since 1994.

The Air Force reassigned several aircraft belonging to US Air Forces in Europe in fiscal 1999. The moves complied with a 1996 Combat Air Forces decision to return fighter squadrons to a standard size of 24 primary assigned aircraft, and allowed USAFE fighter units to better-support normal operations during partial squadron deployments. Command fighter units were previously made up of 18 assigned aircraft. The reorganization affected Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. Spangdahlem's 23rd Fighter Squadron gained six F-16 aircraft from the Combat Air Force's attrition reserve fleet. The air base's 53rd Fighter Squadron, comprised of 18 F-15C aircraft, was deactivated. Six of the aircraft moved to Lakenheath's 493rd Fighter Squadron, and the remaining aircraft were transferred to Air Combat Command.

The squadron was recognized as the best air superiority fighter squadron in the entire U.S. Air Force after receiving the Air Force Association’s coveted Hughes Trophy award for 1997 and 1999. When you think of air-to-air dominance, you don’t have to look any further than the 493rd Fighter Squadron. With a rich history, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s first air-to-air team has shown time and time again they deliver like no other squadron in the Air Force. From the 1998 USAFE Squadron of the Year honors, to leading maintenance stats and air-to-air victories on the field of battle, the 493rd FS has proven that when you need the best air superiority in the world, you dial "911 Grim Reaper."

F-15C Eagle - 86-0167/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe
 

The individual aircraft:

F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 83-0018/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 83-0018   F-15C Eagle - 84-0001/L - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 84-0001   F-15C Eagle - 84-0004/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 84-0004   F-15C Eagle - 84-0009/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 84-0009
 
F-15C Eagle - 84-0010/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 84-0010   F-15C Eagle - 84-0014/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 84-0014   F-15C Eagle - 84-0015/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 84-0015   F-15C Eagle - 84-0019/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 84-0019
 
F-15C Eagle - 84-0027/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 84-0027   F-15D Eagle - 84-0044/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15D Eagle - 84-0044   F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 86-0147/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 86-0147   F-15C Eagle - 86-0154/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0154
 
F-15C Eagle - 86-0156/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0156   F-15C Eagle - 86-0159/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0159   F-15C Eagle - 86-0160/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0160   F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle - 86-0163/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle - 86-0163
 
F-15C Eagle - 86-0164/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0164   F-15C Eagle - 86-0165/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0165   F-15C Eagle - 86-0166/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0166   F-15C Eagle - 86-0167/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0167
 
F-15C Eagle - 86-0171/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0171   F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 86-0172/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 86-0172   F-15C Eagle - 86-0174/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0174   F-15C Eagle - 86-0175/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0175
 
F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 86-0176/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 86-0176   F-15C Eagle - 86-0178/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - 86-0178   F-15D Eagle - 86-0182/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15D Eagle - 86-0182   F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 91-0605/LN - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle/Strike Eagle - 91-0605
 
F-15C Eagle - 493 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-15C Eagle - unknown  
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