F-15E Strikes Eagle from
the 492nd Fighter Squadron return from a sortie in support for exercise
Red Flag 16-4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug 24, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)
This is the only f-15e to shoot down another aircraft. It destroyed an Iraqi Mi-24 Hind with a pavement bomb during Desert Storm. It later became the first f-15e to log 10,000 flying hours over Afghanistan.
Happy Sunday, Avgeeks! Hope you’re all enjoying yours. (Probably not as much fun as this guy is having, but still …)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Joseph Ryther, a weapon system officer on an F-15E Strike Eagle, is pushed back in his seat on takeoff from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Nov 15, 2011. Ryther is deployed with the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, “The Chiefs,” from Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht