Exercise Sentry Eagle 2017 was the 30th time the large-force tactical exercise has taken place. The biennial event drew 48 visiting Air Force and Navy aircraft from around the country. Boeing F-15C and F-15D Eagle fighters attended the event from the hosting 173rd Fighter Wing (FW), Oregon Air National Guard (ANG) Eagles based at Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base (ANGB) near Klamath Falls.position=left
The Eagles prepared a specially-adorned Eagle that was hands-down the best looking F-15 at the event. Additional F-15Cs and F-15Ds attended the exercise from the 144th FW, California ANG Griffins based at Fresno ANGB and the 142nd FW Oregon ANG Redhawks based at Portland ANGB. Thanks to YouTuber Habujet for uploading this video.
In addition to the Eagles attending the exercise, General Dynamics F-16C Vipers from the 149th FW, Texas ANG Lone Star Gunfighters based at Kelly Field Annex, from the 54th FG based at Holloman AFB in New Mexico, from the Air Force Reserve (AFRES) 419th FW based at Hill AFB in Utah, and from the 162nd FW, Arizona ANG based at Tucson ANGB attended the exercise. The 149th recently celebrated their 70th Anniversary in style with a special paint job on their best-of-show F-16.
Also attending the exercise were Navy Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron TWO FIVE (VFA-25) Fist of the Fleet with Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7) and from VFA-151 Argonauts with CVW-9, both based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore in California. Rounding out the attending tactical aircraft were 56th OG Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs from Luke AFB in Arizona. The passing of gas to the tactical jets was performed by the 116th Air Refueling Squadron Ace of Spaces, 141st Air Refueling Wing (ARW), Washington ANG Boeing KC-135R Stratotankers based at Fairchild AFB near Spokane.