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McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle

By Htam

WOWC,  McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle 77-102 Mass ANG,

@ Santa Rosa, CA

September 2018

This aircraft has the distinction of being the first aircraft to scramble in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.  On September 11th 2001, two U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles from the 101st Fighter Squadron, 102nd Fighter Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base Massachusetts were scrambled by NORAD and flew the 153 miles to New York City at Mach 1.2 searching for hijacked airliners.  First flown in 1972, close to 1,200 Eagles have been built to date.  It is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat.  The last F-15A was retired in September 2009, marking the end of service for the F-15A and F-15B models in the United States. This aircraft was retired in 2006 and was loaned to the Pacific Coast Air Museum in 2010.  Nikon D7100 w/18-200 mm.

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