F 15 Strike Eagle
March 22, 2011 by staff
F 15 Strike Eagle, The F-15E Strike Eagle is described by Boeing, the manufacturer as “a fighter aircraft multi-role”. It is an important part of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and made its first flight in. The USAF has in total.
Two squadrons are maintained at U.S. base at Lakenheath Air Force in Suffolk, the largest U.S. airbase operating in England, where they have been serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is the only U.S. base in Europe to house the F-15 fighter planes.
A jet of the U.S. Air Force fighter crashed in Libya, but its two-crew members managed to eject to safety, officials said Tuesday.
The accident was likely caused by mechanical failure and not enemy fire, “said Vince Crawley, a spokesman for the African American military command.
The two-crew members suffered minor injuries. Crawley said that the crash of the F-15E Strike Eagle has occurred “overnight” in a field outside the rebel city of Benghazi.
It was the first coalition aircraft have crashed in three days of airstrikes on Libya.
Pictures on the website of the Daily Telegraph of London showed residents milling around the broken and charred remains of the $ million jet.
Witnesses told the paper airmen parachuted into a field of sheep, then raised his hands and shouted: “OK, OK” to a crowd that had gathered.
“I kissed him and told him:” Do not worry, we are your friends, “said Younis Amrun, adding that people, then lined up to shake hands for the aviator.
“We are very grateful to these men who are the protection of heaven,” he said. “We gave him the juice, then the revolutionary people the military took him away.”
A Marine Corps Osprey aircraft search and rescue is the pilot, while rebel forces recovered the second crewmember, a weapons systems officer.
Amrun said the Osprey fired to keep the premises immediately, and then burst in and saved the second crewmember.
U.S. officials say the number of U.S. missions in support of an air exclusion zone in the country fell after what they call a successful first step.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the role of the United States would reduce in the coming days as the need for a major offensive decreases.
Air defense capabilities of Libya have been reduced by over % in the first days of military intervention, sources said.
A cruise missile attack on Monday blew Moammar Gadhafi in Tripoli apartment complex, after earlier attacks his troops dispersed.
U.S. authorities are now moving to hand control of the operation to its European allies.
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