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President Gerald R. Ford and Lieutenant Colonel Ernest "Ted" Laudise Examining the Cockpit of an F-15 Eagle Fighter Plane at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS F-15 EAGLE FIGHTER AIRPLANE

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS F-15 EAGLE FIGHTER AIRPLANE

A flight line crewman directs the first F-15A Eagle aircraft assigned to the base to a parking spot on the flight line

An air-to-air head-on view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft

BGEN Frederick C. Kyler, commander of the 36th Tactical Fight Fighter Wing, sits in the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle aircraft after completing a flight

An F-15 Eagle aircraft taxis on the runway prior to a morning take-off during exercise Ready Eagle

SSGT David A . Danner, an F-15 Eagle aircraft crew chief, walks toward the flightline to service an F-15

AN air-to-air view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft

A left side air-to-air view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, from the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing

A right side view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft, from the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, in flight over Eiffel Province

An air-to-air side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, from the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing

A right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, from the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, in flight over Eiffel Province

An underside view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, from the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, in flight over Eiffel Province

A right side view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft, from the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, in flight over Eiffel Province

Left front view of a F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 433rd Fighter Weapons Squadron taxiing out for an early-morning assignment during Exercise RED FLAG

An air-to-air top view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft. The view was taken from the Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom section of the KC-135A

NASA F-15 AIRPLANE FOR PROFIT PROGRAM

A right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, silhouetted against sunrise, prior to taxiing out. The aircraft is assigned to the 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, 405th Tactical Training Wing, 12th Air Force, which is involved in Tactical Training Luke

A right front view of two parked F-15 Eagle aircraft in early morning. The aircraft is involved in Tactical Training Luke and is assigned to the 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, 405th Tactical Training Wing, 12th Air Force

A close-up view of a photographer in the backseat of an F-15 Eagle aircraft in flight

A right side view of an F-15 Eagle, F-4C Phantom II, F-104 Starfighter, and F-5 Tiger II aircraft, top to bottom, on a Tactical Training Luke training mission. The aircraft are, respectively, from the 550th, 310th, 69th, and 425th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, all under the 12th Air Force

An F-15 Eagle aircraft fuselage is offloaded from a flatbed truck in Hangar #101. The aircraft will be modified and reassembled for antenna testing at the Rome Air Development Center Newport site

An air Force F-15A Eagle aircraft is in its final approach for a landing

Artist's concept of F-15E Eagle aircraft, in ground support role, carrying an assortment of bombs and missiles

Artist's concept of F-15 Eagle aircraft launching Raytheon version of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)

A Dutch crowd views an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron

Artist's concept of an F-15 Eagle aircraft firing advanced medium range air-to-air missiles during combat

A view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, from the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, landing

Royal Netherlands Air Force air traffic controllers man the control tower. In the background is an F-15 Eagle aircraft, from the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron taxiing

Japan Air Self Defense Force personnel observe as an 18th Tactical Fighter Wing F-15 Eagle pilot and ground crewman discuss post-flight maintenance procedures during a joint US/Japanese exercise

A maintenance crewman of the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing explains the maintenance of an F-15 Eagle aircraft to a member of the Japan Air Self Defense Force during a joint US/Japanese exercise

An air-to-air left side view of an 18th Tactical Fighter Wing F-15 Eagle aircraft armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile during a joint US/Japanese exercise. In the background are two Japan Air Self Defense Force F-104DJ Starfighter aircraft

A silhouetted view of two 18th Tactical Fighter Wing F-15 Eagle aircraft on the flight line during a joint US/Japanese exercise

An air-to-air left side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft in formation with an F-15 Eagle aircraft. The F-4 has a tow target mounted under its left wing

An air-to-air right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft

An air-to-air left overhead view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft in formation with an F-15 Eagle aircraft

AN F-15 Eagle aircraft undergoes a routine inspection

A silhouette view of a parked F-15 Eagle aircraft

A close-up view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft backseater with an F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel aircraft seen outside. The F-4G is carrying an AGM-78 Standard anti-radiation missile on its left wing, an ALQ-119 electronic countermeasures pod on the left side of the fuselage and an auxiliary fuel tank on the centerline. The aircraft belongs to the 563rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing

AN air-to-air left side view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft returning from a training mission. AN AIM-9L Sidewinder missile is mounted on the left wing of each aircraft. The aircraft are assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing

A right rear view of two parked F-15 Eagle aircraft reflected in a large rain puddle

A close-up view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft instrument panel

AN air-to-air left side view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft returning from a training mission. AN AIM-9L Sidewinder is mounted on the left wing of each aircraft. The aircraft are assigned to the 433rd Fighter Weapons Squadron

AN air-to-air left side view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft returning from a training mission. AN AIM-9L Sidewinder is mounted on the left wing of each aircraft. The aircraft are assigned to the 433rd Fighter Weapons Squadron

A close-up view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft backseater over a range, with an F-5 Tiger II aircraft seen outside. The F-5 Tiger II aircraft is assigned to the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing and is loaded with one AIM-9J Sidewinder missile on each wing tip

Bottom view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, in flight Wing

A left front view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft landing with the speed brake up. AN AIM-9L Sidewinder is mounted on the left wing. The aircraft is assigned to the 433rd Fighter Weapons Squadron

AN airman performs F-15 Eagle aircraft engine maintenance

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft of the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing carrying four AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles

A view of two parked F-15 Eagle aircraft

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft banking to the left over White Sands Missile Range. Two AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles are mounted on each wing and two AIM-7 Sparrow missiles are mounted on each side of the fuselage. The aircraft is assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing

A high angle front view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft as a pilot climbs aboard the aircraft for flight operations

Pilots head toward their F-15 Eagle aircraft for a flight

Airmen perform F-15 Eagle aircraft engine maintenance

AN air-to-air underside view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft banking to the right on its return from a training mission. AN AIM-9L Sidewinder is mounted on the left wing. The aircraft is assigned to the 433rd Fighter Weapons Squadron

AN air-to-air low angle left view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft in a vertical climb over the White Sands Missile Range at Holloman Air Force Base. Two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles are mounted on each wing and two AIM-7 Sparrow missiles are on each side of the fuselage. The aircraft is assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing

AN air-to-air left underside view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft returning from a training mission. AN AIM-9L Sidewinder is mounted on the left wing of each aircraft. The aircraft are assigned to the 433rd Fighter Weapons Squadron

AN air-to-air left side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft in flight over the White Sands Missile Range. Two AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles are mounted on each side of the fuselage. The aircraft is assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing

Four F-15 Eagle aircraft execute a Missing Man formation as they fly over the Pentagon during Memorial Day services

AN F-15 Eagle aircraft group of the 22nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, accepts the sponsorship of a bald eagle during a ceremony at the Hallenthal Wildlife Park. A lieutenant and a chief master sergeant pose with the eagle behind a plaque of the squadron

AN F-15 Eagle aircraft is being refueled from a fuel truck. The aircraft is from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

Airmen perform maintenance on an F-15 Eagle aircraft during exercise Pacific Consort. The Eagle is assigned to the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing

AN F-15 Eagle aircraft are being readied for launch during exercise Pacific Consort. The aircraft are assigned to the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing

A right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft landing with the speed brake up. The Eagle is from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

A pilot climbs into an F-15 Eagle aircraft for a flight. The pilot is from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

LTC O'Kane poses with a baby Koala bear, aboard an F-15 Eagle aircraft. O'Kane is a pilot from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

A right front view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, taking off during exercise Pacific Consort

In-flight view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, carrying an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The Eagle is from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

A front view of a four-ship formation of F-15 Eagle aircraft carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The Eagles are from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

A front view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The Eagles are from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

A front view of a four-ship formation of F-15 Eagle aircraft as one of them breaks away. The Eagles, carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, are from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

In-flight view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, seen from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft boom operator's section, heading toward the tanker to be refueled. The Eagle, carrying an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, is from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

A view of a parked F-15 Eagle aircraft silhouetted against the sunset during Exercise Pacific Consort. The aircraft is from the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing. AAVS PHOTO Contest Entry

A left side view of four aircraft in-flight during the joint U.S. -Australian Air Force Exercise Pacific Consort. The aircraft are, front to back: an Australian Mirage IIID, and Mirage IIIE, from 77th Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, and two U.S. F-15A Eagles from 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron

A right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron refueling an F-15A Eagle aircraft from the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Another F-15 is flying overhead

Aerial view of hangars and ramp area, where F-15 Eagle (nearest the hangars) and Mirage III aircraft are parked

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron refueling an F-15A Eagle aircraft from the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Top view of four F-15A Eagle aircraft from 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron in flight during the joint U.S.-Australian Air Force exercise Pacific Consort

Overhead view of four F-15 Eagle aircraft of the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron flying in formation

A right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft parked on the flight line

AIM-7F Sparrow air-to-air missiles attached to an F-15 Eagle alert aircraft parked on the flight line

A close-up view of AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, under wing, and an AIM-7F Sparrow air-to-air missile attached to an F-15 Eagle alert aircraft parked on the flight line

A right rear view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft as a crewman performs maintenance on it in the flow-through area

Maintenance personnel hook a tow bar to an F-15 Eagle aircraft

Aircraft safety gear on display next to F-15 Eagle aircraft

A left front view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft in a shelter

A left rear view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft in a revetment area

A view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft in a revetment area

A view of an H-46 helicopter, an HH-53 Super Jolly helicopter and an F-15 Eagle aircraft during Operation Cope Angel

An air-to-air right side view of an F-15J Eagle aircraft with an AIM-7F Sparrow missile mounted on the forward fuselage missile well

An air-to-air right overhead view of an F-15J Eagle aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of an F-15J Eagle aircraft with an AIM-7F Sparrow missile mounted on the forward fuselage missile well

AN air-to-air left side view of an F-15J Eagle aircraft

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-15J Eagle aircraft armed with an AIM-7F missile

A close-up view of an advanced medium range air-to-air missile being fired by an F-15 Eagle aircraft

A close-up view of an advanced medium range air-to-air missile being fired by an F-15 Eagle aircraft

An air-to-air view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles (wing pylons) and AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft firing an AIM-7 Sparrow missile