Strike Eagles*

In the first 12 minutes of the World Cup Final the US had 5 serious shots on goal. Although not favored for the Cup this time around, this is one killer squad. Wambach, Cheney, Rapinoe, O’Reilly, Boxx, Lloyd, and Rodriguez. This is as good an all-around team as the Spanish World Cup side last year. It is very hard to see how Japan can win this. The first 20 minutes seem like a constant assault on the Japanese net from within 30 meters. Interestingly the possession for that time was 53% in Japan’s favor…

…ooh. Well. That didn’t work out so good. Kindof a buzz-kill for a pretty exciting game. I guess Alex Morgan won’t be the hot ticket on talk shows this week after all.

* The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an all-weather multirole fighter, derived from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. The F-15E was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic warfare aircraft. United States Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagles can be distinguished from other U.S. Eagle variants by darker camouflage and conformal fuel tanks mounted along the engine intakes.

The Strike Eagle has been deployed in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Allied Force and Operation Odyssey Dawn carrying out deep strikes against high-value targets, combat air patrols, and providing close air support for coalition troops. It has also seen action in later conflicts and has been exported to several countries…

While most of the F-15C/Ds are being replaced by the F-22 Raptor, there is no slated replacement for the F-15E in its primary “deep strike” mission profile. The Strike Eagle is a more recent variant of the F-15, and has a sturdier airframe rated for twice the lifetime of earlier variants. The F-15Es are expected to remain in service past 2025.[13] The Air Force has pursued the Next-Generation Bomber, a medium bomber concept which could take over the Strike Eagle’s “deep strike” profile. The F-35A Lightning II is projected to eventually replace many other attack aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Thunderbolt II, may also take over much of the F-15E’s role, however the F-15E has better combat range under payload…

– from the wikipedia entry

8 Replies to “Strike Eagles*”

  1. dave, i’m happy that you’ve found your dream girl on the internet. you can probably contact her via that site. please keep us informed as the romance progresses.

  2. “most of the F-15C/Ds are being replaced by the F-22 Raptor…”

    Actually this is no longer true. The F-22 program was cut, and those that exist are grounded undefinitely because of reliability problems.

  3. Bif, that’s correct on the poor Raptor. that’s because DoD has finally seen it my way, and are awarding our company billions for the new flying saucer. totally stealth, totally maneuverable, with awesome cake-farting firepower, uniquely american.

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