104th Fighter Wing F-15C Eagle 85-0125 with Special Unit Member Names and US Flag Nose Art

The 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, based at Westfield Barnes Regional Airport, recently applied amazing art work to both sides of the nose area of wing jet F-15C Eagle 85-0125. The art work consists of all members’ names, to form a US Flag. Additionally, past members who are Gold Star names, are in gold. Also, this jet scored an Iraqi MiG-29 kill during the Gulf war in 1991.

I was fortunate to be able to get some photos of the jet on 25 February 2021. Seeing it up close and in person was an honor, and really showed the creativity and challenges overcome with the creation of the art, and working around the various parts of the airframe.

Here’s a link to the Wing’s official story with more details.

Very special thanks to all the 104th Fighter Wing members, and to Colonel Tom “Sling” Bladen – 104th FW Commander, who escorted me to capture these photos. 

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