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F-15s Finally released for duty!

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posted on Jan, 9 2008 @ 05:37 PM
More news from flight global on a release of 60% of the F-15's for flight!

About 60% of the US Air Force's fleet of 442 Boeing F-15A-D Eagle fighters have been cleared to return to flight after more than two months of stand-downs and structural inspections.....

"Additionally, approximately 40% of inspected aircraft have at least one longeron that does not meet blueprint specifications," says ACC. These aircraft have longerons that are thinner in places than specified in the original manufacturing drawings......

Because of the prolonged grounding, about 75% of US Air Force and Air National Guard F-15A-D pilots have lost their currency. "Another week and it would have been 100%," says ACC. The F-15 grounding has been the longest for any USAF post-war jet fighter.

About time and good to see that the USAF still has faith in the airframe. Perhaps the RAAF may still want to look into the F-15 option or idea brought up in another forum. The implications from the grounding on currency is a substantial one. Hopefully the increase back to normal flight tempo goes well and the longerons are able to be monitored from here on in with small implications on the airframes and no accidents from here on in.

The feat that has been accomplished by base maintenance personnel is huge and the almost 24 hr 7 days a week tempo is finally paying off.

posted on Jan, 29 2008 @ 07:42 PM
Well thanks to Mr Zaphod who graced me with a chat today I found out I missed the news of the release of 19 of the 182 F-15A/D that where grounded. ! more is still waiting to see if it will be able to fly as well

The US Air Force has cleared another 19 of its Boeing F-15A-D Eagles to fly after completing additional inspections. So far 278 of its 441 F-15A-Ds have been returned to flight.....

The latest move leaves 162 F-15A-Ds still grounded and one pending clearance, says USAF Air Combat Command.

posted on Jan, 30 2008 @ 02:03 AM
Now to requailfy the aircrew and say a big thanks to the CAF for covering the north

posted on Jan, 30 2008 @ 07:18 AM
reply to post by Harlequin

Haha its what we do and will continue to do as much as its overlooked lol. check flights where started with the first batch of released airframes 2 weeks ago so by now its most likely that all pilots have been checked out.

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