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    THE USAF along with Isreal, and Japan have grounded flights of there F-15 Eagles due to a possible inflight breakup of an F-15C operated by the MOANG. fortunatly the pilot escaped with minor injuries.

    Lets hope the find the cause soon so that the mighty Eagle may soar once more.

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  • #2
    Does anyone Knows if they have grounded just the F-15Cs or the E-models too?

    I ask because the Strike Eagles (as you know) are "younger" than the old "C".

    Could this be related with the USAF trying to buy more F-22?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by thefightercommunity
      Does anyone Knows if they have grounded just the F-15Cs or the E-models too?
      All Eagles are Grounded A, B, C, D, E, I, J models. The break up looks like the cockpit section broke away from the rest of the airframe on the crashed Eagle. So the USAF is looking at this area carefully as this is area where the nose section is bolted to the main fuselage.

      As for the Craptor????? I have never been a fan of this A/C.
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      • #4
        Craptor? he,he

        Well, I have been reading a lot about this fighter recently, and I must say it is amazing (if what they are telling is true )...so I'm afraid I'm becoming a Raptor/Craptor fan. The problem is that is so expensive that it is creating a lot of problems for the USAF to get the money to pay it.

        Jet-fighters, have you ever seen the F-22 flying? I think the F-22 demo is the real "FAN-MAKER".

        By the way, anyone have heard anything about when do they plan having the eagles soaring again?
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        • #5
          The Strike Eagles are flying again!

          http://www.langley.af.mil/shared/med...071116-019.wmv
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          • #6
            Cool deal will have to make a trip down to SJ AFB in Central NC once my new Nikon D300 hits my door step

            It also looks as if most of the Eagles have been cleared for operations again

            http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123076914
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            • #7
              The F-15 models A through D were grounded again today. There are 15 such F-15's based here at Langley AFB.

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              • #8
                Here is a link related to the latest grounding

                http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/11/28...ded/index.html

                http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...-weakness.html
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                • #9
                  Air Combat Command stands down F-15 A-D models until further notice

                  by Air Combat Command

                  12/5/2007 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (ACCNS) -- On Monday night, the commander of Air Combat Command directed the stand-down of all ACC F-15 A through D model aircraft until further notice.

                  The decision follows additional information received from the ongoing investigation of the Nov. 2 F-15C mishap that resulted in the loss of that aircraft.

                  Gen. John D.W. Corley, ACC commander, also recommended the grounding of all other A through D model aircraft in other Air Force major commands, including those under the operational control of U.S. combatant commanders.

                  Monday's findings from the Accident Investigation Board indicate that a recently discovered defect may be more extensive and found in more aircraft than initially thought. These findings, based on a metallurgical analysis of the mishap aircraft, continue to focus on the F-15's upper longerons near the canopy of the aircraft. Additional cracks have been discovered in these longerons. The longerons are major structural components that run along the length and side of the aircraft.

                  Technical experts with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia, are developing a specific inspection technique for the suspect area based on yesterday's findings. However, unlike previous inspections, the inspected aircraft will not be immediately returned to flight.

                  The duration of the stand-down is pending. Aircraft will not be returned to operational status until the F-15 A-D model findings and data have been analyzed, required inspections have been accomplished and the necessary repair or mitigation actions have been completed.

                  Computer simulations have indicated a catastrophic structural failure could result from cracks in the longerons. To date, longeron cracks have been discovered in an additional four aircraft. These aircraft are awaiting further engineering instructions before they are returned to operational status.

                  Air Combat Command continues to work with the Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve and sister major commands in Europe and the Pacific, as well as joint and coalition partners, to ensure mission coverage.

                  The stand-down does not affect the F-15E.

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                  • #10
                    Looks like the A-D models can begin flight ops again once the pilots become current.

                    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...or-flight.html
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                    • #11
                      Good, just in time for our local unit(104th FW) to go active, thanks to BRAC transitioned from A-10s.

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                      • #12
                        Commando Sling exercise between U.S. & Singapore canceled due to F-15 grounding

                        SOURCE: Star Bulletin
                        DATE: JAN 20, 2008

                        The partial grounding of F-15 combat jets because of possible structural problems has resulted in the cancellation of the Pacific Air Forces exercise Commando Sling 08-02, which was begun in 1990 to provide air combat training for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Singapore Air Force fighter units.

                        Earlier this month the Air Force cleared a portion of its F-15 jets, but a few still are awaiting the further analysis of inspections that were ordered following the crash of an F-15 belonging to the Missouri Air National Guard last year.

                        Meanwhile, the 15th Airlift Wing will be sending C-17 Globemaster cargo jets from the 535th Airlift Squadron to Thailand to participate in Exercise Cope Tiger 2008 from Saturday through Feb. 5.

                        More than 1,400 people, including 700 U.S. Air Force specialists and Marines, will participate in this annual exercise being held at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, located 110 miles northeast of Bangkok, and Udon Thani Royal Thai Air Base.

                        The exercise also will involve aircraft and personnel from the Royal Thai Air Force and Army and Royal Singapore Air Force.
                        AD.info? Rings a bell somehow...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rattler
                          SOURCE: Star Bulletin
                          DATE: JAN 20, 2008
                          The exercise also will involve aircraft and personnel from the Royal Thai Air Force and Army and Royal Singapore Air Force.
                          Someone should tell the Star Bulletin the government of Singapore is Democratic (sort of ) and even though Lee Quan Yew some times act like on, technically he isn't.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dmmoore
                            Someone should tell the Star Bulletin the government of Singapore is Democratic (sort of ) and even though Lee Quan Yew some times act like on, technically he isn't.
                            Hmmmm... Without knowing zilch about the Singapore state form organization, just in general: Democracy and Kingdoms are (at least today) not exclusively opposite:

                            I guess you will agree Britain is a democracy, but its still RAF...

                            AFAIR the opposite to monarchy would be a republic, but maybe the above mentioned misconception is something typically American?: Jeb Bush visiting Spain to convince the public that Aznars ("President Ansar" in jeb-speak) idea of going to an illegal war with Iraq was a good idea (..." there will be un-imaginable long-time profits"...) discredited himself right off the plane when he said "I am happy to be in the great Republic of Spain"...

                            After this nobody here was really surprised US government accidentally sent the promised huge "if-you-enter-the-war" credits to Slovenia instead of to CoW member Slovakia...

                            But, to come back to topic, indeed the Singapore Air Force is called RSiAF or RSAF, the "R" of which an (US? Star Bulletin resides in Hawaii IIRC...) author having in mind the British colony background could easily interpret erroneously as "Royal" instead of "Republic (of)"...

                            Sorry, couldnt resist... R.
                            Last edited by rattler; 2008-01-22, 20:27. Reason: typos as always
                            AD.info? Rings a bell somehow...

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                            • #15
                              Update: Another 19 Eagles fly

                              SOURCE: Air Force Times
                              DATE: JAN 22, 2008
                              BY: Bruce Rolfsen

                              19 more eagles soar


                              The good news for F-15 Eagle units has been slowly mounting.

                              As of Tuesday, the Air Force had cleared an additional 19 Eagles to resume flying because the fighters passed inspections of their interior structural supports.

                              On Jan. 9, Air Combat Command gave the green light for 259 of the A through D-model versions of the F-15 to fly. Each jet has passed an inspection that measured more than 150 spots to determine if the jetís fuselage supports met the original thickness specifications or showed any signs of potentially cracking.

                              Since the Jan. 9 announcement, 19 more jets have also passed inspections. That leaves with Air Force with 172 Eagles still grounded.

                              Gen. John Corley, head of ACC, said Jan. 10 that a decision on if and when most of the grounded jets can return to flight will wait until at least February when he hears detailed proposals on repairing the jets.

                              The jets were first grounded Nov. 3 after a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C broke apart while in a 7.8G turn.

                              An accident investigation board concluded the jet split in two because a right-side reinforcement beam, called a longeron, that supports the canopy and cockpit cracked apart during the high-G turn. The fracture, developing over an unknown length of time, was the result of the longeron being thinner than what specifications called for. The upper side of the longeron should have been 0.10 of an inch thick. Instead, the longeron in places was 50 percent thinner than called for.
                              AD.info? Rings a bell somehow...

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