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An Air Force Pilot Told Us What It Is Like to Attack with an F-15 Strike Eagle

Dario Leone

Dario Leone

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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.

Thanks to its capabilities the F-15E has been at the centre of every conflict in which the USAF has been involved since 1990 from Desert Shield to Operation Inherent Resolve.

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.

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