Thursday, July 30, 2020

Eglin preparing for F-15EX

Boeing building eight F-15EX fighters
Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - In less than a year, Eglin Air Force Base will take possession of two new F-15EX fighters, which are expected to roll off the production line in early 2021. Eglin’s 40th Flight Test Squadron will take possession of the first new fighter, EX1, and the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron will receive EX2. The Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force at Eglin will manage the developmental and operational testing, which will be conducted at the same time by squadron air crews and testers, the release said. “The time has come to upgrade the aging F-15C/D fleet and that presents itself in the form of F-15EX, the most advanced F-15 ever created,” said Maj. Brett Hughes, 40th FLTS lead F-15EX DT pilot. Initial testing is expected to take a year and a half. The F-15 first entered service in 1976. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 07/28/20)