Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Air Force Grounds F-15s Again

The US Air Force announced it was grounding the entire fleet of F-15 A's through D's today. This is the second time this month that the Air Force has grounded the F-15's.

The grounding is said to be due to cracks in longerons. Longerons are rails that hold the fuselage together.

The F-15A has been in service since 1975. Various versions of the F-15 are in use by Israel, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Singapore. Israel also flies a new longer range variant of the F-15, the F-15I.

The current US variant, the F-15 Strike Eagle is the version that is in use in Afghanistan.

Navy Times: "For the second time in less than a month, F-15 Eagles are grounded. Air Combat Command was announced today that A, B, C and D-model versions of the fighter would “stand down” for an indefinite period of time. F-15E Strike Eagles, a larger and newer version of the fighters, are not grounded and continue to fly, ACC said. Like the ordered grounding on Nov. 3, this decision stems from the Nov. 2 crash of a 27-year-old Missouri Air National Guard F-15C. That fighter broke apart between the cockpit and main fuselage as it flew an air-to-air combat training sortie. Wednesday’s announcement comes 12 days after F-15 A-D units were told their jets could return to flight as each fighter passed a 15-hour-long inspection. As of today, about 90 percent of the F-15As, Bs, Cs and Ds had passed the inspection."



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