TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 325th Fighter Wing will commemorate 27 years of Air Superiority during the inactivation of the 95th Fighter Squadron and the departure of Tyndall’s last three F-15 Eagles from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at the 95th Fighter Squadron Ramp.
Lieutenant Colonel Scott Yancy, 95th Fighter Squadron commander, will lead the final three F-15 Eagles as they perform a formation flyover above Tyndall’s flightline and depart for Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
“It’s the end of another great era here at Tyndall Air Force Base,” said Lt. Col. Yancy. “It has been an honor to fly the F-15 and I am humbled to be one of the last three to fly the Eagle out of Tyndall.”
In May 2009 Air Force officials released the fiscal year 2010 Combat Air Forces restructuring plan, calling for all 48 F-15 Eagles assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing to be retired. The first F-15 departed Tyndall in April of 2010.
“The drawdown was not unexpected; however, it was accelerated from the planned retirement date in fiscal year 2013,” said Lt. Col. Yancy. “The Air Force has taken this major step only after a careful assessment of the current threat environment and our current capabilities. By accepting this plan we have the opportunity to upgrade our remaining inventory of legacy fighters and F-22s into a flexible and lethal bridge to fifth-generation fighters.”
The 48 F-15s from Tyndall AFB were reassigned to the Oregon Air National Guard, 173rd Fighter Wing, Klamath Falls, Ore., the 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Newer F-15 Eagles stationed at other military instillations will remain in the Department of Defense’s inventory and the Oregon Air National Guard will take over as the primary location for F-15 pilot training. Older F-15s will be used for various training and testing purposes, recycled for parts or placed in storage.
Brigadier General Charles A. Horner, the United States Air Force Air Defense Weapons Center commander, flew the first F-15 Eagle to Tyndall AFB Dec. 7, 1983. Lt. Col. James Talley, 2nd Fighter Weapons Squadron commander, flew the last F-106 Delta Dart assigned to Tyndall to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center April 6, 1984.
In late July the Air Force announced that Tyndall was selected to receive an additional squadron of F-22 Raptors. Currently Tyndall serves as the only F-22 pilot training base in the Air Force.