Hobbymaster 1/72 scale HA4558: McDonnell Douglas F-15D “Desert Flanker Scheme” 78-0567, 57th Wing, 65th Aggressor Sqn 2012. Only 400 models produced.
The 65th Aggressor Squadron was activated in October 1975 at Nellis AFB, Nevada but was disbanded in 1989 only to be reactivated in 2005 equipped the squadron with F-15C and D. At full strength the 65th AGRS had an inventory of 19 F-15C and F-15D Eagles. On September 26, 2014 the 65th AGRS was once again subject to budget cuts and disbanded. Most F-15s transferred to ANG units with a few F-15s remaining at Nellis until March 2015. These few F-15s were assigned to the 64th AGRS that fly the F-16.
In 1967 the U.S. became aware of the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. This made it necessary to develop a new aircraft to counter the MiG-25. The USAF rejected the USN F-14 Tomcat and issued its own requirements. The solution came in the form of the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle. The F-15A made its inaugural flight in July 1972 and in January 1976 the first Eagle entered service. The “E” entered service in 1989. The F-15 was the first dedicated USAF air superiority fighter since the F-86 Sabre.