An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C, shown here, returned to flight on Oct. 23, 2014, after some 17 months of downtime due to damage. Air National Guard photo by TSgt. John Hughel
a unit release. "The motor ingested all those rivets and kept working," said Lt. Col. Bill Kopp, 142nd FW safety officer. A Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex depot team from Georgia removed both of the aircraft's wings early this year to allow a second team of structural repair technicians to rebuild the area surrounding the intake. Air Guard and depot specialists fabricated components, but ultimately had to work with F-15 manufacturer Boeing to secure the new intake skin from a different model F-15 from a production batch for Saudi Arabia, states the release. The F-15C, serial number 84-0007, returned to flight on Oct. 23.
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