59 Fighter Squadron

“Golden Pride”

Eagle History

The 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron was stationed at Eglin AFB, Florida. The 59th received it’s first F-15A/B’s in 1978.  The 59th TFS deployed to the Gulf during Operation Desert Shield. While based at Tabuk, Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm the 59th TFS “Proud Lions”scored to air to air kills. After the Operation Desert Storm the 59th FS deployed various times back to the Gulf during Operation Southern Watch. On December 12, 1997 the 59th FS stood down. And was later on reactivated as the 59th Test & Evaluation Squadron in November 2004, flight testing the F-15 at Nellis AFB.

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Squadron photos

59 FS group photo, Operation Southern Watch. Any help with ID would be great (Photo credits unknown)
Capt. Tom Fox, left, an F-15 Eagle pilot with the 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron, discusses his last mission with another pilot during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE ’86.
An F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron takes off during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE ’86.
An F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron (59th TFS) banks into a turn during the joint Korean/U.S. Exercise Team Spirit ’89.
An F-15D Eagle aircraft of the 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron taxis toward the flight line prior to departing for an air show in Daytona Beach, Florida. Rep. Bill Chappel of Florida is in the rear seat of the aircraft and Lt. Col. Steve Wilson is the pilot.
Capt. Tom Fox, F-15 Eagle pilot, 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron, prepares for takeoff during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE ’86.
Capt.Tom Fox, pilot, 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron, conducts a preflight check on his F-15 Eagle aircraft during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE ’86.
A 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle aircraft makes its landing approach. The aircraft is carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles under its wings and AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) on its fuselage (photo credit Tech. Sgt. Kit Thompson)
A 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle aircraft passes along the coast during a flight out of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The aircraft is carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles under its wings and AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs) on its fuselage. (photo credit Tech. Sgt. Kit Thompson)
A 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle aircraft banks into a turn during a flight out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. (photo credit Tech. Sgt. Kit Thompson)
A 59th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle aircraft pulls into a climb during a flight out of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (photo credit Tech. Sgt. Kit Thompson)