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F-15EX Integrated Test & Evaluation 2021

William R. Lewis

The 40th and 85th Test and Evaluation Squadrons, are currently test the new F-15EX at Nellis AFB. The F-15EX will participate in testing to evaluate the F-15EX in operationally realistic scenarios to determine how effective and suitable the aircraft is at accomplishing its air-to-air mission for future use in our Air Force.

An F-15EX Eagle II Fighter Jet assigned to the 40th Flight Test Squadron, taxis before taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. Aircraft from Nellis AFB, Eglin AFB Florida, and the Oregon Air National Guard are providing support for the Test and Evaluation of the F-15EX in operationally realistic scenarios to determine how effective and suitable the aircraft is at accomplishing its air-to-air mission for future Air Force use. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
An F-15EX Eagle II Fighter Jet assigned to the 40th Flight Test Squadron, sits on the ramp at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 15, 2021. Operational testing is happening 6 months after delivery of the second aircraft and 7 months after delivery of the first, which is a pace that we haven’t really seen in acquisition of new aircraft before. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
An F-15EX Eagle II Fighter Jet assigned to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, lands at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 15, 2021. The F-15EX will participate in testing to evaluate the F-15EX in operationally realistic scenarios to determine how effective and suitable the aircraft is at accomplishing its air-to-air mission for future use in our Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
The F-15EX Integrated Test & Evaluation 2021 Test Patch worn by Lt. Col Wes Turner during testing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. Turner will be conducting F-15EX Eagle II test and evaluation operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
F-15C Eagle fighter jets assigned to the 123rd Fighter Squadron, Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, arrive at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 15, 2021. The aircraft will help support the evaluation of the F-15EX in operationally realistic scenarios. Detachment 6, Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center, Nellis AFB, is leading the test along with other Air Force units from Eglin AFB, Florida and Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
Maj. Joshua Smith 40th Flight Test Squadron arrives to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 15, 2021. Maj Smith will help test the F-15EX Eagle II, to determine how effective and suitable that aircraft is at accomplishing its air-to-air mission during testing over the Nevada Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
Lt Col. Weston Turner assigned to the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center, F-15 CTF, Eglin Air Force Base Florida arrives at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 15, 2021. Lt Col. Weston will be conducting F-15EX Eagle II test and evaluation operations while at Nellis. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
Maj. Kevin Hand, F-15EX operational and experimental test pilot with the Air National Guard-Air Force Reserve Test Center, prepares to taxi out for a mission from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. Hand will be flying the F-15EX Eagle II for test and evaluation flights for the Air Force’s newest fighter jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
An F-15EX Eagle II Fighter Jet assigned to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, taxis out from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. The new F-15EX aircraft are at Nellis AFB to determine how effective and suitable the aircraft is for future Air Force use. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
Two F-15E Strike Eagles and two F-15EX Eagle II aircraft assigned to 53rd Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, sit on the ramp at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The aircraft are at Nellis AFB to conduct Integrated Operational Test and Evaluation along with F-15C aircraft from the 123rd Fighter Squadron, Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
An F-15EX Eagle II fighter jet assigned to the 40th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, taxis before taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. Aircraft from Nellis AFB, Eglin AFB and the Oregon Air National Guard are providing support for the Test and Evaluation of the F-15EX in operationally realistic scenarios. This testing will help determine how effective and suitable the F-15EX is at accomplishing its air-to-air mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
Three F-15C Eagle fighter jets assigned to the 123rd Fighter Squadron, Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, and both of the Air Force’s F-15EX aircraft from the 53rd Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, wait to take off for a mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. The aircraft will conduct the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation from Oct. 18-25, 2021 (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
An F-15EX Eagle II Fighter Jet assigned to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, taxis before taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. Aircraft from Nellis AFB, Eglin AFB Florida, and the Oregon Air National Guard are providing support for the Test and Evaluation of the F-15EX in operationally realistic scenarios to determine how effective and suitable the aircraft is at accomplishing its air-to-air mission for future Air Force use. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
An F-15EX Eagle II Fighter Jet assigned to the 40th Flight Test Squadron, prepares for departure at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. Both of the Air Force’s F-15EX aircraft assigned to Eglin AFB are at Nellis AFB to conduct test and training missions to determine how effective and suitable the aircraft is in its air-to-air mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
An F-15EX Eagle II Fighter Jet assigned to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, takes off and an F-15C Eagle assigned to the 123rd Fighter Squadron, Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, taxis to the runway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
Maj. Kevin Hand, F-15EX operational and experimental test pilot with the Air National Guard-Air Force Reserve Test Center, looks over the aircraft forms before a flight from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. Hand will be flying the F-15EX Eagle II to determine how effective and suitable the aircraft is at accomplishing its air-to-air mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
Lt Col. Wes Turner assigned to the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center, F-15 Combined Test Force, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, conducts a preflight inspection prior to a mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Oct. 20, 2021. Turner will be conducting F-15EX Eagle II test and evaluation operations while at Nellis. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)

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