Hobby Master HA4558 Douglas F-15D Desert Flanker Scheme 78-0567, 57th Wing, 65th Aggressor Sqn., 2012 1/72
Hobby Master HA4558 1/72nd Douglas F-15D "Desert Flanker Scheme" 78-0567, 57th Wing, 65th Aggressor Sqn., 2012
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.
The 65th Aggressor Squadron was activated in October 1975 at Nellis AFB, Nevada but was disbanded in 1989 only to be reactivated in 2005 equipped the squadron with F-15C and D. At full strength the 65th AGRS had an inventory of 19 F-15C and F-15D Eagles. On September 26, 2014 the 65th AGRS was once again subject to budget cuts and disbanded. Most F-15s transferred to ANG units with a few F-15s remaining at Nellis until March 2015. These few F-15s were assigned to the 64th AGRS that fly the F-16.