May 30, 2007

The F-15 On One Wing
— LauraW.

A snippet from the History Channel.

The pictures of the damage at the end of the video are just unreal.

Posted by: LauraW. at 08:16 AM | Comments (31)
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1 Holy shit.

Posted by: former republican at May 30, 2007 08:26 AM (7rZO4)

2 Now thats good old American craftmanship...

Posted by: Running From...aerodynamics at May 30, 2007 08:26 AM (P6dp7)


I don't know whether to capitalize on the "Eagle" moniker attached to the F-15 by suggesting a commemorative Hummel figurine be struck in its honor, or place bets on how long it takes some moonbat to observe that the Israeli-American war machine worked just fine without a right wing.

Posted by: apotheosis at May 30, 2007 08:27 AM (CiAHf)


Posted by: LiveFreeOrDie at May 30, 2007 08:33 AM (h7C/i)


First I fell in love with my 50" plasma tv, now I'm in love with F-15's.

This must be the inanimate object love phase of my life....

Posted by: Ruth at May 30, 2007 08:37 AM (DTwYZ)

6 apotheosis, no one can do no better than your comments.

Posted by: PattyAnn at May 30, 2007 08:42 AM (3YtMS)

7 I have a bunch of friends who fly the F-15- most with the 122nd TFS in New Orleans, another at Kingsley Field in Oregon. The one in Oregon has a whole bunch of hours in the F-4, F-16, and is now an instructor pilot in the -15.

Having flown 'em all, he absolutely swears by that aircraft. He feels like the only aircraft he's been in that will fly with less of itself attached is probably the A-10.

Most of my Air Force buddies will say flat out that the F-18 is more maneuverable, but most good -18 jocks do not like going up against an experienced -15 pilot.

As a tangent- this same buddy of mine in Oregon flew as a member of a 6-ship of F-15s against the F-22. He said the 6-ship never had a chance. Needless to say, he wants a -22 if he can get one.


Posted by: tmi3rd at May 30, 2007 08:44 AM (7XeAy)

8 i question the timing

Posted by: mattfoley at May 30, 2007 08:50 AM (HMGTw)

9 Here's one of my favorite F-15s videos.  Eagles doing some ACM training followed by a live-fire against F-4 drones.  Radar love indead.

Posted by: Yeff at May 30, 2007 08:53 AM (MRZtJ)

10 Jewwwwws. They run the world and only need one wing to fly.  Damn, they are good.

Posted by: Drew at May 30, 2007 08:55 AM (gNyUT)

11 About the F-22 and the fact that it's the Chuck Norris of Fighter Aircraft

During a 6-week stay in Alaska, the 27th FS engaged in its first-ever, full-length exercise with the F-22, Northern Edge. In the first exercise week, while flying in joint teams with F-15 Eagles and F/A-18 Hornets, the Raptor was able to produce a whopping 144-to-0 kill ratio.

Posted by: Bravo Romeo Delta at May 30, 2007 09:16 AM (Qa0Pn)


That's just whacky.



Posted by: mesablue at May 30, 2007 09:24 AM (DzeyU)

13 I was gunna say, since I'm a very minor military aircraft geek, that the A-10 Thunderbolt II was designed to take this kind of damage and continue to fly.  Of course, the A-10 is an attack aircraft, and is expected to take large amounts of damage from the ground.  The fact that a fighter/interceptor can take that kind
 damage and land is nothing short of remarkable.

Posted by: scooter (not libby) at May 30, 2007 09:25 AM (4wR/C)

14 Yeah, the Warthogs is still my favorite, but that was impressive.

Posted by: LiveFreeOrDie at May 30, 2007 09:43 AM (h7C/i)

15 It's not a cat picture but it is pretty cool.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at May 30, 2007 09:53 AM (pzen5)

16 On a wing and a prayer

Posted by: Toby928 at May 30, 2007 10:30 AM (ATbKm)

17 I read your comment Dave, and between the lines I see, "Please post more pictures of cute fluffy kittens."

Posted by: lauraw at May 30, 2007 10:33 AM (whZKm)

18 So uh ... what happened to the crew of the other aircraft? Not to be a buzzkill. Just curious.

Posted by: PB at May 30, 2007 10:35 AM (HBAny)

I read your comment Dave, and between the lines I see, "Please post more pictures of cute fluffy kittens."

Come now Laura, we're mostly conservatives here, let's be strict constructionists. As the sign in Clarence Thomas' office says, "Please do not emanate into the penumbra'"

Posted by: Drew at May 30, 2007 10:40 AM (gNyUT)


"Please post more pictures of cute fluffy kittens."

yes, if you have any pics of kittens dying horribly in a fireball explosion from the crash, that'd be great!

otherwise I can dig up those shots I have of the mastiffs munching on kitten snack-doodles.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at May 30, 2007 10:44 AM (pzen5)

21 Did someone say Kitten ?

Posted by: Tushar D at May 30, 2007 10:47 AM (IlgNp)

22 My brother flies these. The two-seater (with the navigator) is the F-15E.

Posted by: Roy at May 30, 2007 10:54 AM (RNbCq)

23 And a kitten.

Posted by: Roy at May 30, 2007 11:00 AM (RNbCq)

24 PB,

I am going out on a limb here, but if the Israeli Air Force uses their old A4s the way the USAF uses theirs, then the old A4 was being remotely flown and was intended to be shot down.  Of course, that is also assuming that it was a live fire exercise.

Yes, he did fire a missile, but in the video it never says anything about radar lock or anything.  I think, or hope, if there had been a pilot(s) in the other plane we would have got some info on whether or not the other pilot(s) would have been able to eject or not.

The A4 was designed to be used in the 60s and 70s IIRC, and replaced with F-16s.  Hope that helps.

Posted by: former republican at May 30, 2007 11:06 AM (7rZO4)

25 The pilot in the video said the A-4 fireballed.  If there was anyone in it, then the prospects were pretty rotten.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at May 30, 2007 12:55 PM (TuKBW)


Dayum. Just...dayum!

Posted by: kelly at May 30, 2007 02:05 PM (vOkSp)



You're holding back.



Set yourself free!!!

Posted by: Dave in Texas at May 30, 2007 02:21 PM (FXakj)


Reminds me a lot of the story of Robert S. Johnson, the first man to break Eddie Rickenbacker's record of 26 kills set in 1918. I forget if it was late '43 or early '44, but Johnson was flying another equally tough bird, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. In one of his early missions, Germans shot up Johnson and his P-47 pretty badly, leaving Johnson to nurse his stricken craft back to England alone.

Nearly blind, unable to bail out because his canopy was jammed and with the fighter only capable of flying straight and level, Johnson was a sitting duck for a kill-hungry German. Soon he was joined by an FW-190 (Germany’s best fighter) flown by a member of the Luftwaffe’s hottest squadron guarding the French coast. Three times the German fired his weapons into the helpless Thunderbolt, then pulled alongside, shook his head in disbelief that Johnson was still in the air, saluted him and then pealed off. (They were so close that Johnson could tell that the man’s eyes were brown.) Equally amazing, Johnson landed safely at his home field, and stopped counting the number of machine gun and and 20 mm cannon holes in his craft when he reached 200.

The Thunderbolt never flew again, but Johnson did, going on to shoot down 28 German planes in 11 months before being rotated home to raise war bonds.

Yes, indeed, we Americans build  the BEST fighters in the world.  

Posted by: Big Mo at May 30, 2007 04:03 PM (zJFwY)


# 28

The most amazing part of that story is that the two fighter pilots met recently.....I know I saw it somewhere,but Google is NOT my friend....and it was probably NOT recently,but I know the story is true.

Posted by: Blitz at May 30, 2007 05:14 PM (s3gta)

30 The A-4 skyhawk was replaced by the A-6 Corsair II.  The F-16/F-15 team replaced the F-4 in USAF service.

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