And with a very special weapon.
An Air Force Pilot Told Us What It Is Like to Attack with an F-15 Strike Eagle
Developed to meet the U.S. Air Force (USAF) requirement for air-to-ground missions, the F-15E Strike Eagle can carry 23,000 pounds of air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons and is equipped with an advanced navigation and an infrared targeting system, protecting it from enemy defenses.
In 2002 during Operation Enduring Freedom a Strike Eagle belonging to 335th Fighter Squadron (FS) “Chiefs” from 4th Fighter Wing (FW) dropped the first-ever BLU-118/B Thermobaric Bomb.
Lauded by the international press as a grisly weapon that burned the oxygen from the lungs of its victims, the thermobaric bomb was seen as a solution to the Coalition’s main problem at that time — flushing out Taliban fighters hidden deep inside a complex cave network built into the mountains.