Wed, 24 Nov 2010 11:24:52 +0000
A photographer was flying in a plane, glanced out, and saw this F-15:
Pretty cool, uh?
The F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful modern fighters with over 100 aerial combat victories with no losses in dogfights.
Something ain’t right….
How about a closer look?
There goes $29.9 million….
This “incident” caused the USAF to ground its fleet of F-15s.
What caused the mid-air break-up? The main “longeron” (stringer) behind the cockpit failed due to corrosion.
Here’s Wikipedia’s account:
On 2 November 2007, a 27-year-old F-15C (s/n 80-0034 of the 131st Fighter Wing) crashed during air combat maneuvering training near St. Louis, Missouri. The pilot, Maj. Stephen W. Stilwell, ejected but suffered serious injuries. The crash was the result of an in-flight breakup due to structural failure. On 3 November 2007, all non-mission critical models of the F-15 were grounded pending the outcome of the crash investigation.