Tag: F-15

Captain Marvel Movie pays tribute to Fallen Thunderbird, Air Force Heritage, and Aviation History
One airman whom Captain Marvel crew met at Nellis in 2018 was Thunderbirds pilot Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno, the team’s skilled slot pilot who flew its No. 4 jet. Del Bagno tragically died in a crash while training last April. “Captain Marvel,” the latest of Marvel’s superhero films, pays tribute to...
Pentagon cuts F-35 purchase by 6 aircraft in FY 2020
The USAF will still be getting 48 A models, therefore the cut is either the B or the C variant. The Pentagon has decided to buy just 78 F-35s from Lockheed Martin in the latest budget request, instead of 84 aircraft that was projected a year ago. The...
Japan to deploy its first F-35A Stealth Fighter at Misawa Air Base this month
Currently Japan deploys about 200 F-15s, roughly half of which cannot be upgraded The Nikkei says Japan’s government intends to buy another 100 F-35 fighters to replace some of its aging F-15s. It plans to announce the purchase when it reviews the National Defense Program Guidelines next month. The purchase can be considered a response to China's military buildup, as well as...
Egyptian Air Force MiG-29M crashes during training flight. The Pilot ejected safely
An Egyptian Air Force spokesperson claimed that a technical malfunction of aircraft control system caused the incident As told by Sputnik News, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that a MiG-29M fighter has crashed in Egypt during a training flight. The aircraft had been delivered to Egypt under a commercial contract in 2018. "We have operational information about a crash of an Egyptian...
I want a MiG-29!: the saga of Israel's Fulcrums
Unlike the other frontline fighters of the past, the Israelis seemed unable to obtain a MiG-29 through clandestine measures. But, with the end of the Cold War, a means of evaluating the jet became possible - simply rent one. This they did. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) was keen to get a first-hand look at the systems and performance of...
Boeing expected to block IAI’s bid to convert 767 into aerial tankers
IAI has secured deals to sell its 767 tanker to Brazil and Colombia and is a threat to Boeing as it is able to offer a tanker to Israel at a much lower price Sources told The Globes that Boeing will not grant permission to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert the 767 into an aerial refueling tanker for the...
"Operation Drugstore:" when IAF fighters shot down 88 Syrian aircraft during air battles over the Bekaa Valley
Many Syrian MiGs were blasted from the sky before they ever saw or met their adversary at the merge By June 1982, the Lebanese Civil War had been going on — off and on — for seven years. It began as a conflict between Christian Planange Party militia and various Muslim factions, including, the PLO (which had been in Lebanon...
Israel withdraws F-15 fighters from Red Flag Alaska amid growing tensions with Iran and Syria
“Israel’s first participation in the Red Flag exercise in Alaska will take place as planned in May. According with assessments of the situation the air force has decided to tailor the participation of its planes,” IDF spokesperson Israel has decided that its F-15 fighters will not be heading to Alaska for this year’s Red Flag exercise. The Israeli Air Force (IAF)...
Undelivered aircraft have been found with missing, backwards and out-of-specification fasteners. Jets under assembly are inadvertently damaged when they hit maintenance work stands or other equipment on the floor Bloomberg has reported that the Pentagon is faulting Boeing for continuing quality, management and other deficiencies in the production of F-15s and F/A-18 fighters at its St Louis production facility. Undelivered aircraft...
The Lockheed Lancer: the Super Starfighter that never was
The Lockheed Lancer could have outperformed most of the fighters then serving in the world's air forces Designed as a supersonic air superiority fighter, the F-104 Starfighter was a technological marvel when it first took to the sky in the 50s. Armed with a six-barrel M-61 20mm Vulcan cannon, it served as a tactical fighter, and when equipped additionally with heat-seeking...