7 Fighter Squadron

Eagle History

The 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron was stationed at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. the 7th TFS was also known as the “Bunyaps” or “Screamin’ Demons,” and adopted their mascot and emblem, the Bunyap, an Australian aboriginal death demon. Even to the last day, the Bunyap remained the squadron emblem.

The 7th TFS converted from F-4s to F-15A/B’s in 1977 and continued to fly the F-15 until 13rd September 1991. The 7th TFS was one of the last units to operate the “old” version of the F-15A/B’s. The squadron transitioned to the F-117A’s  starting in 1991 and completing the transition in 1992.

 A right front view of F-15 Eagle aircraft assigned to the 7th and 8th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, parked on the flight line.
Air to air view of two F-15 Eagles assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Aircraft in foreground is assigned to the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Exact Date Shot Unknown
 

Squadron Song

During the deployment to Gilze-Rijen AB in 1986, Capt “Link” authored a song that the pilots of the 7th TFS adopted as theirs.

The tune is “‘Battle of New Orleans”

“In 1986 we took a little trip, across the broad Atlantic in a Bunyap twenty ship.
We took our AIM-7s and we took our AIM-9Ls
and we met the bloody commies and we blew’em all to hell…

We fired Fox One’s but the commies kept a comin’
There must have been a hundred of them running in the sun
We fired AIM-9s and then commenced to Gunning
and chased the bloody bastards all the way back to Moscow…

Old G’man said if we grab’em by the balls we can back the bloody bastards
up against the burning walls,
so we thumbed it back to heaters and fired another round
than we pooped the boards, lit the burners, and egressed back around…

We fired Fox One’s but the commies kept a comin’
There must have been a hundred of them running in the sun
We fired AIM-9s and then commenced to Gunning
and chased the bloody bastards all the way back to Moscow…

and they turned high tails and lit their afterburners..
and they ran like rabbits just as fast as they could go,
they ran so fast that out Lima’s couldn’t catch’em
accross the Polish border all the way back to Moscow….

by Capt. “Link”

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Deployment history 

Lahr ABCoronet SloopAug- Sep 1981
Lahr ABCoronet CAPAug-Sep 1983
Gilze Rijen ABCoronet MescaleroMay-Jun 1986
Tyndall AFBWilliam Tell 88Oct 1988
Gilze Rijen ABCoronet BulletJun – Jul 1990

Squadron photos

A left rear view of F-15 Eagle aircraft assigned to the 7th and 8th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, parked on the runway apron.
An F-15 Eagle 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, New Mexico taxis on the flight line after landing. Exact Date Shot Unknown.
An F-15 Eagle from 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, New Mexico comes in for a landing. Exact Date Shot Unknown.
An F-15 Eagle from 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, New Mexico comes in for a landing. Exact Date Shot Unknown.