The current lineup of F-15s is only close to 250 strong, and it comprises mostly single-seater F-15C and two-seater F-15D. Kept in tip-top shape with regular upgrades, both are as potent as they were on day one of their existence.
And, despite their age, they look as amazing as any fifth-generation fighter jet of today, as clearly demonstrated by the F-15C we have here, snapped on film as it was moving toward the end of the runway of the Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Oregon, for a routine training mission.
The airplane belongs to the 173rd Fighter Wing, and the base is described by the military as “the premier F-15C training base for the United States Air Force.“ It is here where pilots learn to harness the immense power of the two Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines, good for 23,450 pounds of thrust each.
As a side note, fans of the F-15 should enjoy any hints of it while they can. America plans to start retiring both the C and D variants probably by the end of this decade.