Saturday, July 17, 2010

End Of An Era For F-15's At Langley Air Force Base

Langley Air Force Base is turning a new chapter, and it will change what you see in the skies.

The 71st Fighter Squadron is being inactivated, part of a service-wide restructuring plan. That means the squadron's F-15 fighters are being parceled out to other Air Force bases and Air National Guard units.

The F-15 has compiled a stellar combat record, and the departure from Langley is bittersweet, says Lt. Col. Joel Cook, the squadron commander. However, he said the squadron is prepared to go out professionally and "in style."

The last F-15 will leave Langley in mid-September. The 71st Fighter Squadron, which has served the country since World War II, will be officially inactivated on September 30.

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