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Lee said the pilot, who was flying solo in the twin-seat aircraft, "was getting to the point where he said, 'Hey, I'm getting kind of low, if I can't control it, I better punch out."
Coast Guard rescue swimmer Dave Burns said the pilot was in a life raft when the Coast Guard arrived. The rescue swimmer jumped into the waves, swam over to the jet pilot and made sure he was OK.
Coast Guard Lt. Will Johnson, the pilot of the Coast Guard helicopter, said there was an oil sheen in the water and a smell of oil in the area around where the fighter pilot was rescued.
I sincerely hope you are still monitoring this as I have some more information for you regarding two F-15A incidents at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
I was stationed at Holloman AFB as an F-15 crewchief from 12/1985 until12/1989 in the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 49th Tactical Fighter Wing. I had the privilege to launch and recover Lieutenant Colonel Gene Jackson a few times during my time at this base. He was one of the few high-ranking pilots I ever encountered that would treat enlisted personnel with respect and with light-hearted banter.
During the early afternoon of March 9, 1987 F-15A 77-0075 (Assigned to the 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron) was departing Holloman AFB enroute to the Hawaiian Air National Guard for a permanent transfer. In order to save time following an extensive and lengthy transfer inspection it was decided that the aircraft would complete its required Operational Check Flight (OCF) while configured for long range having three FULL 600-gallon external fuel tanks installed, which is totally against standard operating procedures. If the aircraft performed without problems the pilot agreed to continue his flight to Hawaii. All ground checks were completed with no noted anomalies and the flight was permitted.
Almost immediately after rotation the F-15 pitched up into an excessively high AOA not able to gain enough airspeed to climb rapidly. Numerous times the pilot was told to eject but he refused stating the aircraft was too unstable and every time he released the controls the aircraft started rolling towards base housing, the flight line, or the highway. He fought the aircraft until it was no longer a threat to anyone but was unable to eject in time to save his own life. I consider him an "unsung hero" and I have found it difficult to locate any information about him.
All remaining US Air Force Boeing F-15A-D Eagles have been returned to flight, contingent on completion of individual inspections on each aircraft's fuselage longerons.
The USAF does not expect any of the 149 aircraft to require repair and says there will be no operating restrictions on Eagles that pass these final inspections. But all F-15A-Ds will require repetitive checks for longeron cracks every 400 flying hours
ST. LOUIS --- The Boeing Company has been awarded a $130 million U.S. Air Force contract to upgrade 16 Air Force and Air National Guard F-15C Eagles with the APG-63(v)3 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.
How much does it coast to maintaine ALL 730 F-15's?
Originally posted by WestPoint23
reply to post by Harlequin
The USAF has always had a plan to upgrade around 200 of the least used F-15C's with new radar, avionics, and other systems to serve alongside Raptors until 2025. Granted the USAF would like to have around 381 F-22's but the current Administration is not supporting that view.