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Retiring the F-15

Joshua Cannon

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The Air Force has been known to have a very lethal and effective fighting force, using top of the line machinery to cover our men on the ground and succeed in aerial combat. Most notable their extended success with the use of the $27.9 million dollar F-15 fighter jet that has seen major success in aerial combat since the 1980’s. The F-15 Eagle models C and D have been used for many combat situations and have had a very wide history of success. The F-15 Eagle has seen over 100 dogfights and has come out without any losses, it is said to be the most successful dog fighting aircraft in US history. Although the aircraft reigns supreme in the skies, the Air Force is having other ideas about the effective killing machine. At a hearing before the House Armed Services Subcommittee, Air Force generals expressed the idea of retiring the F-15 models C/D in order to cut costs in the Air Force. Their plan is to retire the F-15 and replace it with modified versions of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. This will allow the Air Force to produce more F-16’s as well as allowing more advanced technology to be put into the jets. It will also allow for a larger production of ammunition and will allow a more spread out usage of the money for other aspects of the Air Force. While the F-15 is made to be the superior fighting force in the sky, its replacement, the F-16 is built as a multifunctional aircraft that can be utilized in air to air combat, as well as ground support and ground attack missions. The initial plan for the Air Force was to invest $12 billion dollars in order to revamp the F-15 fleet, but with this retirement, the Air Force and the military alone will be able to put that money to good use in other areas to further our efforts in ending terrorism. Now on a civilian basis, we asked students what their thoughts were on this change for the Air Force. Junior Gage Robles stated that he thinks it will be good to provide more money for different assets, but could ultimately hinder the most important thing we have going for us, winning battles. Senior Noah Kunce also commented on the subject saying that it seems like a smart decision because without the extra money, the other support we have won’t be as strong due to lack of resources. Whether or not this decision will hurt or help the Air Force, we will keep moving forward and winning battles to keep our freedom.

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