The local Colorado Springs Gazette (repeated at the Stars and Stripes) profiled new US Air Force Academy Superintendent LtGen Jay Silveria last week [emphasis added]:
Silveria has flown combat missions over Iraq and the Balkans at the controls of the F-15E Strike Eagle, arguably the Air Force’s most effective bomber.
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The US Air Force will reportedly ship perfectly good F-16s to the desert — and potentially slow down the F-35 program — if it is forced to keep the A-10 beyond the date it wants it retired:
The House Armed Services Committee inserted $683 million into the 2016 defense bill to stop the Air Force from retiring the A-10 Warthog.
However, Air Force leaders said the service will have to mothball F-16s and delay the deployment of the F-35 in response to the move by the committee.
The HASC logic basically says the Air Force needs the A-10 right now, as Read more
The Air Force has reportedly concluded the May 2012 loss of an F-15E in “Southwest Asia” was due to an engine malfunction.
The right engine caught on fire due to a “rare ignition of the titanium components within the engine,” according to the investigation, which was released by Air Combat Command on Wednesday. Investigators could not determine what sparked the fire.
Both crewmembers successfully ejected.
The US Air Force has assigned Col Jeannie Leavitt, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, to be the commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. She is the first female to command a fighter wing.
The Air Force reported that an F-15E Strike Eagle crashed “in Southwest Asia” on a local training mission. Both crew members were reported safe. This is the second F-15E crash in the AOR since the March crash that killed pilot Capt Francis Imlay.
In Utah, the Air Force said an F-16 crashed, with the pilot successfully ejecting.
As is the norm, the crashes will be investigated by a board, and the results released some months from now.
Five different fighter squadrons at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, recently loaded every available aircraft in its go-to-war configuration and then conducted an “elephant walk” — taxiing slowly down the runway in a mass formation and back to parking.
In theory, the elephant walk tests every part of a unit’s ability to go to war — including loading live weapons — except actually launching/flying. It proves that, if called upon, a unit can generate (almost) every aircraft in its combat configuration on a specific timeline. While it might seem odd to taxi around the field, even Read more
Capt Francis Imlay was killed in Southwest Asia in the crash of his F-15E Strike Eagle. Reports indicate a second crewmember, normally a backseat WSO/CSO in the Strike Eagle, sustained minor injuries. The aircraft was reportedly deployed from Mountain Home AFB in Idaho.
Interestingly, none of the brief announcements to date indicate the crew ejected.
As usual, a board will convene to investigate the crash.
F-15E Strike Eagle #89-0487 recently achieved 10,000 flight hours, making it the first F-15 of any type to log that many hours.
It an interesting bit of trivia, 487 is the same F-15E that logged the only Strike Eagle air-to-air kill in Operation Desert Storm when it dropped a bomb on an airborne Iraqi helicopter. It also scored an air-to-air kill on a rogue Reaper in Afghanistan, fulfilling every fighter pilot’s dream…