79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, USAF.

79th TFS F-111Es on the RAF Upper Heyford SAC Ramp (photo via Darron Hall).
F-111E 68-0036, 79th TFS. The tail code changed from ‘JR’ to ‘UH’ during the Summer of 1972.
F-111E, 79th TFS.
F-111E 68-0045, 79th TFS, in 1970. The ‘UR’ tail code was changed to ‘JR’ soon afterwards, and then ‘UH’ in the Summer of 1972.
F-111E 68-0020 ‘My Lucky Blonde’, 79th TFS, as part of the static display on the Transit Ramp for the 1986 Sky Pageant at Upper Heyford. (Marcus Cyr photo). Later named ‘The Chief’. as the Wing Commander’s aircraft. ‘120 replaced ’20 as the Wing Commander’s aircraft in about 1990/1991 (when ‘120 went to depot). ‘120 was allocated to the 55th TFS when it returned and was with the 55th FS in August 1993.
F-111Es 67-0123 and 68-0010, 79th TFS, in 1987. In August 1993 67-1023 was with 55th FS.
‘Bombing up’ F-111E 68-0034, 79th TFS, on the Transit Ramp at RAF Upper Heyford. ‘034 was with the 77th FS in 1993 and by August had moved to the 55th FS.
F-111E 68-0022, 79 TFS, arriving at St Mawgan for Airday, maybe 1989 ? (Chris Williams photo). ‘022 served also with the 55th TFS named ‘Thundercat’.
F-111E 68-0013, 79th TFS. Note Sidewinders (?). “By 1993 this jet was in the boneyard. I launched it out for the last time in early November of 92 on its final voyage to Davis Monthan.” (Lee Wilcher). This aircraft may also have served with the 55th TFS, but this is unconfirmed. Named ‘Excalibur’, its last operational service was with the 79th TFS. “Per my own log l first noted 013 with the 79th on 7/8/87. Late ’88/ early ’89 the fin tip was tiger striped and it had a tiger’s head on the fin. Last noted operating with the 79th on 21/9/91 with 22 mission markings. First noted at D-M on 7/4/93. It attended Mildenhall, Fairford & Leuchars airshows in 1991.” (David Rickwood).
Guardian Volume 6 Number 40, 12 October 1990
Guardian Volume 6 Number 40, 12 October 1990
Guardian Volume 6 Number 40, 12 October 1990
Guardian Volume 6 Number 40, 12 October 1990
Guardian Volume 6 Number 40, 12 October 1990
Arrival of one of the first two F-111Es at RAF Upper Heyford on 17 September 1970. Both aircraft went to the 79th TFS, (Ray Holton photo). “The aircraft that landed were 68-035 and 68-037. I was the assistant on 68-035 when it arrived. The crew chief was S/Sgt. Jerry Ware.” (Willie Burns).
Arrival of one of the first two F-111Es at RAF Upper Heyford on 17 September 1970. Both aircraft went to the 79th TFS, (Ray Holton photo).
Arrival of one of the first two F-111Es at RAF Upper Heyford on 17 September 1970. Both aircraft went to the 79th TFS, (Ray Holton photo).