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The 120th Fighter Wing of the Montana Air National Guard will extend its current air combat alert mission at Joint Base Pearl-Hickam, Hawaii until September 2012.
The extension is a result of a recent decision to leave the F-15 mission at MANG longer than originally anticipated. MANG is performing the 24-hour alert mission in Hawaii while that base converts from the F-15 to the newer, more high-tech F-22 Raptor. Approximately 30 pilots, maintainers and logistics personnel, in addition to six F-15s, from MANG have been deployed to Hawaii since August of last year. They were originally scheduled to return in January 2012.
When the personnel were fist deployed, a MANG spokesman said many of those making the trip had sold their homes or rented them out in anticipation of a long deployment.
An alert-status mission means the F-15s must be ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to fly at a moment’s notice if an aircraft is in trouble or an unidentified plane enters restricted airspace or acts erratically, according to MANG officials.
People near Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB) in Idaho might hear F-15s in the skies this week.
From January 3 to January 7, Mountain Home Air Force Base F-15E Strike Eagles will be conducting medium altitude training over Idaho City, Pine and Boise.
In the morning and again in the afternoon, the F-15 jets will conduct limited flights at medium altitude over Pine and Idaho City. On January 7, some flights may also be conducted over the more urban areas of Boise.
MHAFB said the flights are in important part of providing aircrews the opportunity to practice tracking and identifying simulated targets in terrain that simulates areas they may encounter in future deployments.
At all times, aircrews will be in contact with Air Traffic Control agencies.
The F-15E had its maiden flight on December 11, 1986. It saw combat during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm after Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. It would fly into combat on many occasions over the next decade and was the most highly-tasked of all USAF tactical fighters. The F 15E usually attacked ammunition bunkers, command and control facilities, towed anti-aircraft batteries and launchers.
The F-15E Strike Eagle uses two crew members, a pilot and a weapon systems officer. Previous models of the F-15 are assigned air-to-air roles; the “E” model is a dual-role fighter. It has the capability to fight its way to a target over long ranges, destroy enemy ground positions and fight its way out. The aircraft’s navigation system uses a laser gyro and a Global Positioning System to continuously monitor the aircraft’s position and provide information to the central computer and other systems, including a digital moving map in both cockpits. The F-15Es are expected to remain in service past 2025.