ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Swedish Air Force and 48th Fighter Wing airmen participated in a week-long squadron exchange program here, which concluded Nov. 18.
Swedish JAS-39 Gripen pilots went up against F-15C Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle pilots in simulated combat scenarios to train with and learn from each other.
The 493rd Fighter Squadron "Grim Reapers," operating the F-15Cs, acted as hosts for the Gripen fighters and their crew. The 492nd Fighter Squadron "Madhatters" and 494th Fighter Squadron "Panthers," operating the F-15Es, also participated in the 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 FS C-flight commander. "We executed our mission along with the Swedish pilots seamlessly. We were very impressed with the Gripen; it's a very capable aircraft."