USAF to Reactivate 495th Fighter Squadron as F-35 Unit

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Unread post08 Apr 2021, 17:21

steve2267 wrote:
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Boing, cough..., Boing


FIFY


There was no pun intended in my last post but on the other hand Boeing is looking more and more a Boing instead of a Boeing :wink:
“Active stealth” is what the ignorant nay sayers call ECM and pretend like it’s new.
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Unread post09 Apr 2021, 14:25

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So, what are the reason we're buying the F-15EX again??? :?


Well you have to admit, it sure looks pretty...

Also, you see those cool looking sawtooth edges on the horizontal stabilizers? The F-35 doesn't have those... :mrgreen:
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Unread post09 Apr 2021, 17:32

Cue Drum Roll: The F-15EX Eagle II
07 Apr 2021 Theresa Hitchens

"...The Air National Guard will be the first to receive an operational aircraft, said director Lt. Gen. Mike Loh at today’s unveiling ceremony at Eglin AFB in Florida. Loh said that the F 15C now used by the Guard “quite frankly, … at the end of its lifecycle.” Therefore, the service plans to “recapitalize all Air National Guard, F-15 Cs and DS with either the F-35 A or the F-15EX.”

The Guard, Loh noted, “flies 93% of Homeland Defense missions” and that the new jet’s capabilities will provide “significant” improvements over legacy planes, such as an “upgrade in weapons capacity, including the ability to carry outsize weapons for these missions, and for standoff roles in the high-end fight supporting our geographic Combatant Commanders.”

Indeed, the new F-15EX jets are sorely needed, according to Richardson.

“The F-15 C and D fleets, in their current state, places us at great risk,” he said, “with 75% of the fleet flying beyond its certified service life, and 10% grounded due to structural integrity issues. Projected modernization and service life extension of the F-15 C and D fleets is cost prohibitive for a platform with an average age of over 37 years.”..."

Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2021/04/cue ... -eagle-ii/
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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 15:37

Has USAF said what they're going to do with the "Golden Eagle" birds? If memory serves, they had top shelf AN/APG-63V3 radars and other goodies installed. I'm not sure how that compares to the radar going into the F-15EX, but I recall reading more than once how it was the best radar flying today. Moreso even than the Raptor's AN/APG-77.

Anyway, I wish USAF would decide what remaining ANG units will get the F-15EX (or F-35). Have been on pins and needles up here in the Northeast, can't lose either way... :D
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