The closeup is so high-fidelity that almost every wrinkle of the bird is noticeable, and the paint job looks simply stunning. The proximity of the photographer to the F-15 also allows us to see the two pilots inside the cockpit, with one of them watching closely how the connection between the refueling boom and the plane takes place and even the markings over the left-side engine.
If anything, this highly-detailed pic of the Strike Eagle is the perfect tribute to the F-15 family, which at the end of July, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The F-15 flew for the first time in 1972 and quickly grew to become one of the workhorses of the American military. Several variants have been made since, with the Strike Eagle being introduced in 1986, and the most recent version being the F-15EX Eagle II, which entered service in March 2021.
At the time of writing, according to Boeing’s count, there are some 1,500 Eagles in various configurations serving the needs of America and its allies.