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Eagle Down: F-15 Crash-Lands in Oregon Drainage Canal

The F-15 Eagle, manufactured by McDonnell Douglas, has long been regarded as an exceptional interceptor with a remarkable kill-to-loss ratio. However, this does not mean that the aircraft has been immune to accidents and crashes unrelated to enemy fire. Since its first flight in 1972, a total of 175 F-15s have been lost, with 123 of them belonging to the primary operator, the US Air Force (USAF).

Recently, an incident occurred at Kingsley Field, an Air National Guard base in southern Oregon, involving a USAF F-15D Eagle. The aircraft crash-landed following a routine training mission, departing the runway during landing. A photograph circulating on social media captured the plane half-submerged in a nearby drainage canal, with portions of its wing, empennage, and nose section visible above the water. The nose of the aircraft was buried in the embankment, and the cockpit was open, indicating that the pilot had not ejected during the incident and had safely exited the aircraft afterward.

The USAF clarified that although the F-15D Eagle has two seats, only one pilot was on board at the time of the incident. The pilot was subsequently transferred to a nearby medical facility for evaluation. Satellite imagery of the airfield revealed a large canal located beyond the eastern end of the runway, suggesting that the aircraft likely skidded off the runway after landing.

However, the Air Force has provided limited details regarding the incident, stating that a board of officers would be assigned to investigate further. It is expected that more information will be revealed once the investigation is complete.

It is worth noting that the F-15 has a storied history, with the USAF adopting it in 1975 to address the deficiencies exposed during the Vietnam War. Designed as a high-tech and maneuverable air superiority fighter, the F-15 quickly became a mainstay in the USAF’s fleet, with over 1,100 aircraft built and several other nations procuring the fighter.

While the F-15 has never been downed by enemy fire, the occurrence of 175 crashes over the years due to various failures and incidents, including mid-air collisions, highlights the risks associated with operating such advanced fighter jets.

Kingsley Field, chosen in 2022 as the test program site for the F-15EX, the latest advanced version of the fighter jet, continues to play a significant role in the evaluation and advancement of F-15 capabilities.

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