In 1967 the U.S. became aware of the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. This made it necessary to develop a new aircraft to counter the MiG-25. The USAF rejected the USN F-14 Tomcat and issued its own requirements. The solution came in the form of the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle. The F-15A made its inaugural flight in July 1972 and in January 1976 the first Eagle entered service. The "E" entered service in 1989. The F-15 was the first dedicated USAF air superiority fighter since the F-86 Sabre.
“Tiger Meet of the Americas 2005” took place at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and hosted by the 391st “Bold Tigers” FS. The TMOTA is a biennial event that compete ground crews against each other as well as pilot against pilot with the aim to improve skills and learn from one another. This year’s competition saw German and Canadian teams as well as U.S. teams made up of 7 units comprised of 25 aircraft and 321 personnel. Representing the 391st was F-15E Strike Eagle MO/90-0250 c/n 1185/E152.