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Not Your Father’s F-15

March 28, 2021
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From the National Guard magazine website

At first glance, the fighter jet that touched down at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, March 11 looked like the hundreds of other F-15s in the Air Force fleet.

But this plane, which made its maiden voyage a little more than a month before, represents the future for several Air National Guard flying wings.

The F-15EX is a modern cousin to the aging F-15C/D Eagles  operated by six Air Guard units. The first of those to receive the new aircraft will be Oregon’s 173rd Fighter Wing, home of the Air Force’s only F-15 schoolhouse.

The 173rd, based at Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Klamath Falls, Oregon, will begin their transition to the new plane in 2024. Their sister unit in the Oregon Air Guard, the 142nd Fighter Wing based at Portland Air National Guard Base, will receive their first F-15EX in 2025 and is set to be the Air Force’s first operational F-15EX unit.

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