F-15 E becomes first to reach 10K flying hours

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An aircraft which is among the fleet of F-15s managed by and which undergo programmed depot maintenance at Robins recently became the first F-15 of any type to reach 10,000 flying hours.

F-15E Strike Eagle #89-0487 has participated in operations Desert Storm, Deliberate Guard, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and is the only aircraft of its kind to record an air-to-air kill. It reached the 10,000 flying hours milestone earlier this month while conducting a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

"It has taken more than 21 years of qualified maintenance technicians performing more than one million hours of inspections and repairs in all types of environments -- at home station, depot facilities ... (and other) locations to ensure aircraft #89-0487 was available to deploy," said Chief Master Sgt. John Parrott, the superintendent of 335th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit, which shared in the accomplishment at Bagram Airfield. "It also took careful, timely loading and maintenance by hundreds of weapons technicians in conjunction with countless hours of repairs and inspections performed by avionics, electrical and environmental, engine, fuels, egress, and structural Airmen."

Editor's note: Adapted from an Air Force News Service release.