The United States Air Force (USAF) has announcement the shutdown of the F-15C Eagle fighter jet fleet after five decades of vigilance.
Since 1998, the F-15C fleet has been operated by the 173rd Fighter Wing (FW) of the Oregon Air National Guard (ANG).
Based at Kingsley Field ANG Base in Klamath Falls, Oregon, the 173rd FW flew the A/B and C/D models of the F-15 aircraft, which are now to be retired.
A total of 11 aircraft assigned under the 173rd FW have already retired this year.
During their deployment under the 173rd FW, the aircraft performed numerous training operations in support of the USAF.
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Thomas, the detachment commander, said: “Several of our jets had to be retired and they were going to be taken to the Boneyard; one option that presented itself was Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
After official retirement, F-15 aircraft are transferred to several locations, such as the USAF National Museum, from where the fighter jets can be loaned to different communities across the country for public display.
In 2016, the USAF transferred its eight Kingsley Field F-15s to the Israeli Air Force, in the first active ramp-to-ramp aircraft transfer. The aircraft is still in service with the Israeli forces.
Additionally, another F-15C Eagle was transferred to NASA to support their pursuit aircraft program for research data collection for their airborne platforms.
Other retired fighter jets are sent to the Arizona desert, which is the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group.
The F-15 fighter jet fleet was designed to undertake various air-to-air and air-to-ground missions in all weather conditions, day or night.