All these airplanes are F-15C/D Eagles, and they are deployed with the 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons. They flocked to the runway at the same time at the beginning of March for something the Air Force calls “a routine wing readiness exercise,” at the Kadena Air Base in Japan.
Such outings, we’re told, are “routinely conducted at U.S. Air Force bases across Japan and around the globe to ensure U.S. Airmen’s readiness to respond to a range of potential contingencies.”
As for the F-15, we’re dealing with one of the oldest military aircraft still in operation. Introduced in the early 1970s by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), it had its share of war time glory, but now it is on the verge of being retired as the USAF is pondering streamlining its fleet.
Technically, no direct successor is planned to replace the fleet of about 1,100 F-15s now flying in a number of variants. The upcoming fleet of USAF fighters should comprise only the F-16, F-35, A-10, and the upcoming NGAD. Of all the F-15 variants out there, only the F-15EX is likely to survive the purge for a few more decades.