‘Vipers’ over Transylvania

457th EFS in Romania

Citizens of Câmpia Turzii recently became used to a different sound. Instead of the familiar R-13 turbojet of the MiG-21, this summer saw the air filled with the roar of F110s, as F-16s arrived under a Theater Security Package. Dino van Doorn, Bas Stubert and Hans van der Wilt saw the action.

Operation Desert Storm veteran F-16C 86-0227 ‘TX’ taxies to the end of the runway at Câmpia Turzii. Lt Col Paul Batish, 457th EFS commander, said: “We’re here to show the United States’ commitment to Romania, to NATO and to have a presence in Eastern Europe.” All photos Dino van Doorn, Bas Stubert and Hans van der Wilt unless stated

With Operation Atlantic Resolve now into its fifth year, the 457th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) ‘Spads’ of the 301st Fighter Wing (FW), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), deployed to Câmpia Turzii, Romania, in May. The Transylvanian municipality is home to the Baza 71 Aeriana ˘ (71st Air Base) of the For t,ele Aeriene Române (FAR, Romanian Air Force).

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