A knife edge pass by a Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle. Sometimes, life is simple. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Strike – you’re out!

It’s official: the first built Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle has arrived for storage in the world famous ‘boneyard’ at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The aircraft arrived on 18 December, 28 years after its first flight on  11 December 1986. Recently, the aircraft served as a test bed for the stillborn F-15 Silent Eagle project.

The US Air Force flew scores of older F-15A/B and F-15C/D fighter variants to the Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group (AMARG) in the last two decades, but never before an F-15E strike variant. A total of 236 were built between 1985 and 2001, most of which will remain in active service with the US Air Force for years to come. The type currently sees action during operations against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.

F-15 models similar to the F-15E are operating in South Korea, Singapore,
Saudi Arabia and Israel. The latest model is the F-15SA (Saudi Advanced), 84 of which are destined for Saudi Arabia.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

A knife edge pass by a Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle. Sometimes, life is simple. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
An F-15E in max ‘fuel to noise’ mode. (Image © Elmer van Hest)