F-15s grounded following crash

The Air Force suspended non-mission critical F-15 flight operations on Nov. 3 following the crash of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C aircraft Nov. 2.

The cause of that accident is still under investigation, however, preliminary findings indicate that a possible structural failure of the aircraft may have occurred. The suspension of flight operations is a precautionary measure.

The Air Force will ensure mission requirements are met for worldwide
operations normally accomplished by the F-15. Current F-15 flying
locations include bases in the continental United States, Alaska,
England, Hawaii, Japan and the Middle East.

There are more
than 700 F-15s in the Air Force inventory. The F-15 reached initial
operational capability for the Air Force in September 1975.

While
the F-15 continues to serve its country well, the Air Force is
replacing its aging F-15 fighters with its fifth generation of air
superiority, the F-22 Raptor. The F-22 is the world’s most advanced
fighter aircraft combining stealth, supercruise, maneverability and
integrated avionics to provide unmatched warfighting capabilities in
both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

The F-15 Eagle is
an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to
permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the
battlefield.

The F-15C, D and E models were deployed to the
Persian Gulf in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm where they
proved their superior combat capability. F-15C fighters accounted for
34 of the 37 Air Force air-to-air victories. The F-15E’s were operated
mainly at night, hunting SCUD missile launchers and artillery sites
using the LANTIRN system.

They have since been deployed for
air expeditionary force deployments and Operations Southern Watch —
the no-fly zone in Southern Iraq, Provide Comfort in Turkey, Allied
Force in Bosnia, Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom in
Iraq.

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