The US Air Force top generals are silently praying to be able to keep their F-15C Eagle air-superiority fighters longer in Europe than planned. Reason: the Russian aggression towards Ukraine, the Baltic states, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe.
According to the Fiscal Year 2015 plans, the USAF will no longer have the money to keep its 21 McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F-15Cs with the 493rd Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom. But with an additional billion dollars as a stop-gap for at least a year those and some of the other 50+ Eagles due to be retired, might fly on into at least the year 2016. By then the Air Force generals hope that the Russian Bear has relaxed a bit.
The news coming out of the USAF HQ still is worrisome, because it will take quite some many years to have additional fire power available with the upcoming F-35 stealthy fighters. Scrapping a bunch of fighters or an entire unit can be done in a month – or even days – but building up a combat ready contingency takes a decade. Just the wish of keeping the 21 Eagles close to the possible battlefront in Europe, shows how shaky unstable the European NATO defences are according to the US Air Force top men and women.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger