Air International 2006-12
D.Carrara - School for Eagles /Military/
A 2nd FS F-15C with Tyndall AFB in the background. All pilots in the 'regular' US Air Force that are to be trained to fly the fighter version of the Eagle pass through the training units of this Florida air base. The Air National Guard has its own training squadron at Klamath Falls in Oregon.
Two instructor pilots of the 2nd FS fire AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles. Students attending F-15 courses at Tyndall do not get to launch missiles, however as the units have a secondary war role the instructor pilots do and also take part in exercises to keep their combat skills sharp.
Each squadron assigned to the 325th FW is represented in this formation, including the 43rd FS, which is the F-22A training unit. Leading the flight is the wing commander's aircraft and to its left is the 325th Operations Group commander's F-15C.
An impressive line-up of Eagles on the ramp at Tyndall. Visible on the nearest F-15C is an AIM-9 Sidewinder on a wing pylon and two AIM-120 AMRAAMs under the fuselage. This aircraft belongs to the 1st FS which is due to disband in December due to fewer Eagle pilots needing to be trained as more squadrons convert to the F-22A Raptor.
Students learning how to fly and fight with the F-15C are taught all the basic skills necessary to join a front-line squadron. Part of this includes how to properly use the aircraft's countermeasures, such as when to release flares to deceive heat-seeking missiles.
Eagles assigned to the training squadrons at Tyndall are just as capable as those on the front-line. Indeed, the 2nd FS squadron commander’s aircraft,79-0021, carries this kill marking of a Iraqi Air Force Mirage F.1 from the 1991 Gulf War.
Each squadron assigned to the 325th FW is represented in this formation, including the 43rd FS, which is the F-22A training unit. Leading the flight is the wing commander's aircraft and to its left is the 325th Operations Group commander's F-15C.
A two-seat F-15D of the 95th FS. Due to the training role of the Tyndall Eagle squadrons they are assigned eight 'D' models each, compared to a front-line unit, which would have two.
An impressive line-up of Eagles on the ramp at Tyndall. Visible on the nearest F-15C is an AIM-9 Sidewinder on a wing pylon and two AIM-120 AMRAAMs under the fuselage. This aircraft belongs to the 1st FS which is due to disband in December due to fewer Eagle pilots needing to be trained as more squadrons convert to the F-22A Raptor.