Hereâ€™s your day before Thanksgiving fighter candy. Itâ€™s two Swedish JAS-39 Gripens taking off from RAF Lakenheath in England to practice dogfighting this week against USAF F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles that are based there.
No word yet on how well the new-ish Gripen have fared against the older F-15s.
Hereâ€™s an Air Force statement that reveals very little about the joint-training:
“I thought the training was a huge success, and to work with our sister wing from Sweden was outstanding,” said Capt. Mike Culhane, the 493rd Fighter Squadron C-flight commander. “We executed our mission along with the Swedish pilots seamlessly. We were very impressed with the Gripen; itâ€™s a very capable aircraft.”