Air Force officials at Tyndall AFB, Fla., on April 8, 2010, announced the imminent departure of the first of the 325th Fighter Wing's F-15s, caught in USAF's legacy fighter drawdown of some 250 aircraft to free money to address other equipment necessities and personnel shortages. The Panama City News Herald reported Tyndall's first two F-15s left April 9, 2010, and all 48 would be gone by Oct. 1, 2010, under the accelerated retirement initiative that includes transfer of F-15 training to the Oregon Air National Guard. Here, a weapons loading team led by SSgt. Roderick Abad attach an AIM-7M Sparrow missile into position on an F-15 Eagle during a weapon systems evaluation at Tyndall AFB, Fla., on May 9, 2006.
US Air Force photo/TSgt. Ben Bloker
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