Boeing delivers first F-15EX jet fighter to the Air Force in test and measurement project to replace F-15C

March 31, 2021
The redesigned and upgraded F-15EX is to replace ageing Air Force F-15C jet fighters, yet also may replace some F-15E jet fighter-bombers.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force finally has received its first all-new F-15 Eagle jet fighter jet in 17 years for test and measurement prior to deployment. Popular Mechanics reports. Continue reading original article

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31 March 2021 -- On March 11, the F-15EX flew from Boeing’s facility in St. Louis to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., alongside its two older siblings, the F-15C jet fighter that it will replace, and F-15E jet fighter-bomber. The new warplane will join a testing and evaluation squadron at Eglin.

Eglin is home to the 53rd and 96th Test Wings. Both wings already operate the F-15 series of fighters. Together, the two wings will complete the F-15EX’s developmental and operational testing simultaneously, largely thanks to the wings’ familiarity with the F-15.

The first F-15EX, known as EX1, will go to the 96th Test Wing’s 40th Flight Test Fighter Squadron. The second F-15EX, EX2, will go to the 53rd Wing’s 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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