KY214 Squadron Members get up close and personal with the Strike Eagle
KY214 members where invited to come out to the Kentucky Air National Guard base at Louisville's Standiford Field to see and find out about the United States Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle. Members met on Thursday, April 15th from 3:30-5:30 at the operations building and then proceeded to the ramp to view not only the F-15E but also some other fighter aircraft that were sitting on the ramp. Other CAP squadrons were present along with Boy Scouts and AFROTC cadets from the University of Louisville. The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all that could attend. The Strike Eagle Demo Team was in town to participate in the Thunder Over Louisville Airshow which was held the following Saturday. If you weren't there you really missed a neat opportunity.
Major Mike Maeder, USAF was our host at the F-15E visit. He was very hospitable and answered tons of questions asked by those in attendance. He also offered a number of insights into the Strike Eagle that many of us were not aware of. Major Maeder provided a walk around of the entire aircraft and it's systems. Many were surprised to find out that the F-15 in various models has been around since the early '70s. Major Maeder stated that the F-15E was slated to be in service until around 2040. 70 years is pretty good for a fighter/attack aircraft! Now on to the photos!
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