Categories
Skytrailer.nl

67th Fighter Squadron at Pitch Black 2022 part II

A 67th Fighter Squadron Exercise Pitch Black 2022 patch is displayed during PB22 Open Day at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia, Aug. 27, 2022. PB22 is the latest in long standing, multilateral exercises designed to enhance participating countries’ air operations. This year, 17 nations are participating in PB22, and is scheduled from Aug. 19 to Sept. 8, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)
Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron sit on the parking ramp in preparation for Pitch Black 2022 night missions at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Aug. 31, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Katie Mueller)
Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron sit on the parking ramp in preparation for Pitch Black 2022 night missions at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Aug. 31, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Katie Mueller)
Categories
Skytrailer.nl

173rd FW Sentry Devil Dog

U.S. Air Force Col. Lee Bouma, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, prepares to start the engine of an F-15 Eagle in preperation for a flight at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Aug. 15, 2022. The 173rd Fighter Wing spent two weeks flying and training with the F/A-18s from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) and the F-35s from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 502 (VFMAT-502). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cody Burkett, 173rd Fighter Wing, observes preflight operations at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Aug. 15, 2022. The 173rd Fighter Wing spent two weeks flying and training with the F/A-18s from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) and the F-35s from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 502 (VFMAT-502). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)
U.S. Air Force Major Thomas McGee, 173rd Fighter Wing F-15 instructor pilot, preflights his aircraft in preperation for a flight at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Aug. 15, 2022. The 173rd Fighter Wing spent two weeks flying and training with the F/A-18s from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) and the F-35s from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 502 (VFMAT-502). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)
Categories
Skytrailer.nl

48 FW F-15E Strike Eagle supports NATO Air Shielding

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jade Moore, 492nd Air Maintenance Unit avionics, prepares an F-15E Strike Eagle for take-off at Łask Air Base, Poland, to support NATO Air Shielding efforts, Aug. 9, 2022. Air Shielding is a purely defensive mission designed to shield and protect allied territory and populations, and a key component of NATO’s deterrence and defense posture. (U.S. Air force photo by Staff Sergeant Danielle Sukhlall)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jade Moore, 492nd Air Maintenance Unit avionics, prepares an F-15E Strike Eagle for take-off at Łask Air Base, Poland, to support NATO Air Shielding efforts, Aug. 9, 2022. Air Shielding is a purely defensive mission designed to shield and protect allied territory and populations, and a key component of NATO’s deterrence and defense posture. (U.S. Air force photo by Staff Sergeant Danielle Sukhlall)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Adam Gill, 492nd Air Maintenance Unit fuel systems maintenance, prepares an F-15E Strike Eagle for take-off at Łask Air Base, Poland, to support NATO Air Shielding efforts, Aug. 9, 2022. Air Shielding is a purely defensive mission designed to shield and protect allied territory and populations, and a key component of NATO’s deterrence and defense posture.(U.S. Air force photo by Staff Sergeant Danielle Sukhlall)
Categories
Skytrailer.nl

The F-15 Eagle turns 50

Congratulations to all of you who flew and worked on the F-15 Eagle and to the Might Mighty’s 50th anniversary.

50 years ago today, on July 27, 1972, under the control of McDonnell Douglas chief test pilot Irving L. Burrows, the F-15 Eagle first took to the skies over Edwards AFB, CA.

(McDonnell Douglas photo)

Burrows took the Air Force’s new twin-engine dedicated air superiority fighter on a 50 minute cruise, which topped out at 12,000 feet and 250 knots, before returning to base. The flight was uneventful other than a minor issue with a landing gear door.
“It was just like the simulator,” said Burrows upon departing the aircraft, S/N 71-0280, the first YF-15A prototype (F-15A). It was painted in “Air Superiority Blue” with orange flight test markings, and had square wingtips and an unnotched stabilator.
“This aircraft performed well from the first minute,” said Burrows later. “We knew we had a winner from the start.”

Irving L. Burrows (McDonnell Douglas photo)

Several more flights occurred in the week that followed. They included milestones such as achieving Mach 1.5 speed and reaching an altitude of 45,000 feet.

Categories
Skytrailer.nl

The 494th FS spearheads a new deployment model

By Tech. Sgt. Dhruv Gopinath and Tech. Sgt. Rachel Maxwell

SOUDA AIR BASE, Greece —
U.S. F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, stationed out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, conducted an Agile Combat Employment movement to Souda AB Greece, within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, July 15, 2022.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Curtis Culver, 494th Fighter Squadron commander, smiles as he watches two F-15E Strike Eagles return after completing an Agile Combat Employment movement between combatant commands, at Souda Air Base, Greece, July 15, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachel Maxwell)

“We wanted to operationalize the concept of agile forces conducting operations in multiple combatant commands from a single geographic location,” said Lt. Col. Curtis Culver, 494 FS commander. “We demonstrated that we can rapidly move aircraft between combatant commands, and be ready for contingency operations in either.”

U.S. Air Force Capt. Sean Blye, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, conducts pre-flight checks at Souda Air Base, Greece, July 15, 2022. Blye acted as mission flight lead while conducting flight operations from Souda AB to an undisclosed location within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, in an effort to exercise cross-combatant command Agile Combat Employment operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachel Maxwell)

In order to validate the concept, the 494 FS flew two of its Strike Eagles from Souda Air Base, Greece to the CENTCOM AOR, which landed, refueled and then returned the same day.

“It was a really cool experience overall,” said Capt. Sean Blye, the mission’s flight lead. “It was great to see all the different teams come together to make it seamless and show just how easy it is to send out airpower across multiple combatant commands in a single day.”