Freaking Awesome Photo of four U.S. F-15C Eagle jets Breaking the formation

Stunning air-to-air image shows a four-ship formation break.

The top image (click on this link for the high resolution version) shows four F-15C Eagle jets belonging to the 493rd Fighter Squadron, based Royal Air Force Lakenheath, UK, as they break the formation during flying operations on Jul. 22, 2015.

The 493rd FS recently received the 2014 Raytheon Trophy as the U.S. Air Force’s top fighter squadron.

Image credit: Courtesy photo by Ioannis Lekkas/Released


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  1. Rodan is one BAB. Amazing how poorly the Mod Eagle scheme matches the isoluminent speculars at altitude over the North European skies. Ghost was far more effective.
    Given that the RCS values are also in the 5-7m2 range (with the tanks), one has to wonder if it wouldn’t be more prudent to go to the F-35 (36170) topcoat and try for a little better radar reduction while flying up and out of the bright-sky range towards FL35-40 where the low reflectance paint would no longer be a black airplane shaped hole in the sky.
    If they are serious about dancing with the Bear, a GaNi based expendable like Brite Cloud would also be nice.

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