4 FW celebrates 75 years of airpower
21 Sep 2017
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- As the youngest branch of the Armed Forces, the U.S. Air Force, celebrated its 70th birthday, the 4th Fighter Wing celebrated its 75th anniversary with a weekend of celebratory events and ceremonies.
The 4th Fighter Group was activated Sept. 29, 1942 in Debden, England during World War II. The Eagle Squadrons consisted of American volunteers, until the 4th FG became part of the Army Air Corps and drafted members.
The wing has flown nine different aircraft in 75 years and destroyed more than 1500 enemy aircraft, dropped more than 4 million pounds of ordnance, produced 63 aces, countless Distinguished Flying Cross recipients and one Medal of Honor recipient.
The 336th Fighter Squadron became the first operational F-15E Strike Eagle squadron in 1989.
A 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagle received a heritage paint scheme to celebrate the 75th anniversary. The 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron worked more than a month on the anniversary scheme. The aircraft will remain painted this way for one full year.