The F-15

ds52262

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I just finished watching a documentary about the F-15 Eagle. It is hard to believe this Aircraft is 34 years old. The Eagle has shot down over 100 opposing aircraft and has never been shotdown. Even more remarkable is for many of the lucky cadets attending and candidates wanting to attend USAFA it will be their operational aircraft for years to come.
 

unitedstatesAFA2013

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Yes sir! that is my favorite aircraft of all time! I can't wait to be the one behind the controls of a F-15, or behind the pilot's control of a F-15E.:biggrin:
 

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The backseat of the -E ain't too shabby either! :thumb:

Great bird (all the A-Ds, and their cousin the -E); great capabilities. But what really makes it an outstanding killin' machine (as is ALL the rest of the flying ops community), is the people at the controls of these bad boys.

I know the "popular, Hollywood" image of the flying community portrays them as cocky, arrogant "poster boys" who just show up to fly, then are off to the O'Club to chase the girls (or off to a shirtless volleyball game), perhaps after talking for a couple of minutes about the last flight, but only to defend our reputation in a macho, chest-thumping match of witty catch-phrases against the other arrogant, cocky guy who is our main competitor for all the glory. Well, yeah, we are a little like that (except for the shirtless volleyball matches (thanks "Top Gun" :thumbdown:)). But mostly, when it comes to actually flying and getting ready for the mission, you will NEVER meet a bunch of people more dedicated to LEARNING about their jobs, and more professional in the way they go about it.

Want to join their ranks? Well, get ready for loooong days, where the briefs and debriefs are usually twice as long as the actual sortie, where your ego is left at the door to the debrief, where we respect the rank but will point out the flying mistakes of those above us as part of the flight's debrief, where the word of the instructor pilot (or WSO) in your formation is KING because the knowledge they have and the lessons they pass down are so invaluable, where if you're not on the flying schedule, you better be in the vault learning something new for the next sortie, where we don't brag about how good we are but instead nit-pick each other's mistakes so we KNOW how good we will become.

You may see us on a Friday night raising Cain in the O'Club, but that's because after a week of bustin' your hump, you need to let off the steam. Oh, and it's because we kinda like the Hollywood image a little bit, where we are the arrogant, cocky guys who own the bar... :)

I hope you all get your chance to join that Fraternity of warriors (no sexism intended, it's just an epxression), and get to also become so proud of the people you will have the privilge to be with everyday. Their dedication, pride, and professionalism is humbling. and you will get to see why we are the best AF in the world. Not because of our jets, but because we work hard at it everyday....
 
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Bullet

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And you know what? The same goes for about 99.999% of the rest of those wearing AF blue as well. It was great to be a part of a team where EVERYONE (from the cook, to the clerk, to the Fire Chief, to the Doc, and everyone else (list is too long to mention)) gives their all EVERDAY because we know what is at stake, keeping America safe...
 

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Whistleblower raises maintenance concerns (RC-135)

These are the first two paragraphs from a lengthy article in Sunday's Kansas City Star. The entire article can be found here:
http://www.kansascity.com/637/story/915014.html

Whistleblower raises maintenance concerns of aging aircraft at Air Force base

By MIKE McGRAW
The Kansas City Star


OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. | Poor maintenance may be compromising the flight safety of reconnaissance aircraft carrying some of America’s most advanced electronic equipment, according to current and former aircraft mechanics.

The RC-135 aircraft are maintained at Offutt Air Force Base and fly global intelligence-gathering missions. While they are among the oldest in the Air Force’s aging fleet, the planes carry the latest equipment for detecting troop movements, enemy radio transmissions and nuclear emissions.
 

packermatt7

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Those planes fly over my house every day.

The look fine to me.
 

ds52262

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It is an amazing aircraft. A 100% success rate in combat isn't bad either. I do want to say it doesn't mean bad things cannot happen though. We recently lost Lt Col Bouley here at Nellis. He was the Commander of the F-15 Aggressor Squadron, and was involved in a fatal mishap over the summer. Col Bouley was an '88 grad from the Academy and left his wife and two children. If you have a moment keep them in your prayers.
 

icelander27

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These are the first two paragraphs from a lengthy article in Sunday's Kansas City Star. The entire article can be found here:
http://www.kansascity.com/637/story/915014.html

Whistleblower raises maintenance concerns of aging aircraft at Air Force base

By MIKE McGRAW
The Kansas City Star


OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. | Poor maintenance may be compromising the flight safety of reconnaissance aircraft carrying some of America’s most advanced electronic equipment, according to current and former aircraft mechanics.

The RC-135 aircraft are maintained at Offutt Air Force Base and fly global intelligence-gathering missions. While they are among the oldest in the Air Force’s aging fleet, the planes carry the latest equipment for detecting troop movements, enemy radio transmissions and nuclear emissions.
My dad flew RC-135's when he was in the Air Force, and actually met my mother when he was stationed at Offutt AFB.
 
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