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Air Force Grounds F-15 Fleet

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Posted on Nov 6, 2007
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The Air Force has decided to ground all 676 F-15 fighter jets in service because of a recent crash that is thought to have originated from a mechanical defect that may have caused the plane to break up in flight.


BBC:

The plane belonged to the Missouri Air National Guard and was being used in a training exercise when it crashed near the city of Salem, Missouri.

It is thought that the plane, which dated from 1980, started to break up in the air. The pilot ejected, suffering a broken arm and minor cuts and bruises.

The Air Force now says hundreds of jets are to undergo urgent safety checks, including those on mission in Afghanistan. The planes are no longer used in Iraq.

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By Frank, November 7, 2007 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

If the safety inspections lead to a significant reduction of airworthy F-15s, it means F-22 production and procurement will likely accelerate.

This could be a huge boon for Lockheed-Martin , as well as providing new material for conspiracy theorists to obsess over for some time to come.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 7, 2007 at 12:46 am Link to this comment

Oh! The next 5 years are going to be embarrassing for the USA. Who’s going to fight next week’s or next month’s war that has already been fomented?

There are a number of implications. One is that the US hadn’t intended to attack anyone in the next couple of months. That doesn’t necessarily apply to other countries, though.

The alternative is to use ICBM’s in any imminent conflict. Iran, Pakistan, Syria…....!!!

The other possibility is to use the Israeli airforce to attack everyone in the M.East in the meantime…....!?!?

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By G.Anderson, November 6, 2007 at 11:43 pm Link to this comment

The same thing happened in Gulf War I.

It takes a while for the corrosive cleaning compounds used by the military, to eat away at the composit materials in those jets.

Luckily, for their contractors most people have short memory’s.

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By DennisD, November 6, 2007 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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I haven’t done a damn thing to my F15 except change the oil regularly and it seems to be running fine.

I think I’ll recheck the ejection seat module again just in case.

19..f**kin..80!- what the hell am I paying taxes for besides the can of “new jet smell” spray they use in the cockpit every 10 years.

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