11/4/2007 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The
Air Force suspended non-mission critical F-15 flight operations on Nov.
3 following the crash of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C aircraft
The cause of that accident is still under investigation, however,
preliminary findings indicate that a possible structural failure of the
aircraft may have occurred. The suspension of flight operations is a
Full story here.
My wings are like a shield of steel.
I was wondering why it was so quiet at Lakenheath today. I thought it was just the weather conditions.
So I ended up in Cambridge shopping.
Here's a photo of the wreckage. Link courtesy of KY3:-
That photo seems to back up what I have heard....that the forward fuse was found quite some way from the rest of the wreckage...
Some more operators have followed suit and grounded their F-15's. Link courtesy of Flightglobal:-
F-15E flight's have resumed today. See Flightglobal for more information.
After USAF's F-15A through D models had been cleared for operations, they have been grounded yet again. Seems they have possibly found problems with strips of metal called longerons which hold the fuselage together.
Hope they sort this out soon. Link courtesy of CNN:-
The 'E's are alive and well and were carrying out night ops over Wales last night
Did you see the cutaway drawing of "an F-15A" published in the home page?
I never saw an F-15A with conformal fuel tanks and ... two-seater .......
Seems the C's have been cleared to fly again a pair of Lakenheath jets visited me this morning.
More doom and gloom for the F-15A-D community. Yet another grounding. All until further notice. F-15E's to continue flying.
More info courtesy of USAF.
Air Combat Command have cleared 60% of the F-15A-D fleet back to flying status. Here's another take on the situation from the LA Times.
Alert 5 are showing USAF animation of the break up and commentry I assuming from a F-15 pilot who witnessed it.