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Joint U.S.-Singapore F-15s based at D-M during Idaho runway work

F-15 jets from the 428th Fighter Squadron will be based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base until the end of August. The unit from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, trains pilots from Singapore's air force.

The F-15SGs from the U.S. Air Force's 366th Fighter Wing will arrive Tuesday and will "follow all D-M arrival and departure processes and adhere to noise abatement procedures" until their scheduled departure on Aug. 24, a news release from the base said.

A runway at Mountain Home AFB is closed for maintenance this summer, the release said. The Air Force said Monday that a dozen jets were expected, but indicated Wednesday that 10 of the fighters had arrived at the Tucson base.

The 428th "Buccaneers" are the U.S.-flagged squadron of the Peace Carvin V joint training program with the Southeast Asian city-state.

The squadron, which trained Singaporean personnel on the F-16 from 1998 through 2005, was reactivated in 2009 for training on the F-15 Strike Eagle. The squadron was originally activated in 1943, flying P-38 Lightning fighters in training in California, before taking to the skies over Nazi-occupied Europe just before D-Day in 1944.

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F-15s from the 428th Fighter Squadron landed at D-M on Tuesday.