Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle – 494th FS, 48th TFW, USAF, RAF Lakenheath, England, Mi Amigo 75th Anniversary Flypast 2019
1 in stock
1 in stock
Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA4522: Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle #92-0364 of 494th FS, 48th TFW, USAF, RAF Lakenheath, England, Mi Amigo 75th Anniversary Flypast 2019. Production run of 800 models.
Length 10.75 inches Wingspan 7.25 inches
On February 22, 1944 a severely damaged B-17 “Mi Amigo” tried to land on a park in Sheffield but the pilot noticed children playing there so he crashed into a treed hillside killing all 10 crew. One of those children, Tony Foulds eventually related the story to the BBC and a 10 aircraft “Mi Amigo 75th Anniversary Flypast” took place on Friday 22nd February 2019. Four F-15E from 494th FS bore names of the 10 U.S. airmen and executed a missing man formation. One F-15E was 01-2004 c/n 1375/E236 built in 2001.
Designed to meet US Air Force requirements for an air superiority fighter to replace the F-4 Phantom, the F-15 Eagle first flew on July 27, 1972. The Air Force needed a fighter that could engage long range targets, a skill the F-4 did not possess. The F-15 has a pulse-Doppler radar system, which can track small high-speed targets up to 120 nautical miles away and can lock its missile onto targets up to 50 nautical miles away. With more than 100 aerial combat victories, the F-15 is said to be one of the most successful modern fighters. It is expected to remain in service until 2025.