This Is the Battle That Turned the F-15 Strike Eagle Into a Legend

Dario Leone
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Dario Leone

History, Middle East

How the legend was born.

This Is the Battle That Turned the F-15 Strike Eagle Into a Legend

A Strike Eagle team, led by then Maj. Christopher M. Short, flew overhead during the early part of the Battle Robert’s Ridge. “And so we shot 500 rounds, 75 feet from friendlies,” Short said. “And my wingman made five passes and shot 500 rounds, having never done it before.”

The national recognition of the survivors of the Battle of Robert’s Ridge in August 2018 has begun to have an effect on the way Air Force members pause to reflect on the history and heritage of the service.

As told by Tech. Sgt. Daryl Knee, Air Combat Command Public Affairs, in the article Evolution of Combat: Strike Eagle hits turning point in armed overwatch mission set, one snapshot reflection focuses on the integration of the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft as a valued contributor to the close-air-support mission set.

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