Just be grateful that he didn't work on the real thing!
I do like planes, but not as active a photter as some of you guys. My interest probably stems from my first job after graduating, when I was a materials scientist working at the RAE Farnborough (I'd tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you) I also worked in an office in Fleet, which was very noisy just before and during Frnborough Airshow, as the odd F18 would practice vertical climbs above the business park
Interestingly enough, I commuted for a while from Winchester to Farnborough on the train, I remember getting excited about seeing buzzards over Basingstoke, a bird I associated with holidays to Devon. Now not only are buzzards commonplace in Mid Hampshire (I even had one in my garden this year) but we also have a healthy population of Red kites, which saves a 200 mile to mid Wales to see them!
I think the first F15 airframe was rolled out in service about the mid 1970s. It's had several lives and upgrades since, still in active use after some 43 years and RAF Lakenheath has the greatest amount of aircraft stationed for forward deployment into Europe and beyond.
The latest version is the SE, not sure when these will be based here, if ever. I believe the Saudis have them though, as well as Israel.
I can't see them being phased out for a while, even with the proposed arrival of the F35 to the same base in a few years, as they still keep going. Tough as brick outhouses.
this is turning into my favourite thread on all the forums I inhabit (birds, cars, rugby, etc.)
Yep, they would all have been running in and using the live firing range at Donna Nook off the Wash and Lincs. coast.
Good old days Andy.
If you've time (new baby, mothing, birding etc) you'll find loads of photos of F15s and their marked insignias on www.fightercontrol.co.uk
Nowadays they're hidden on the stealth paintwork of modern fighters.
Congratulations by the way.