15 Apr '12, 9pm

70 F-15E Strike Eagles will destroy 1,000 targets to honor #USAF history.

70 F-15E Strike Eagles will destroy 1,000 targets to honor #USAF history.

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C (AFNS) -- Members of the 4th Fighter Wing will pay homage to World War II history here April 16 by launching 70 F-15E Strike Eagles in a training mission to destroy more than 1,000 targets on bombing ranges across North Carolina. During World War II on April 16, 1945, the 4th Fighter Group destroyed 105 enemy aircraft as part of an 8th Air Force mission involving 1,252 bombers and 913 fighters. This mission catapulted the 4th Fighter Group to 1,016 enemy aircraft destroyed, more than any group or wing in U.S. Air Force history. On the same day, nearly 70 years later, the 4th Fighter Wing will launch 70 aircraft to achieve this same objective, officials said. In 1945, it took thousands of aircraft to destroy 1,016 targets; the 4th Fighter Wing will achieve the same goal in 2012 with only 70 F-15Es. Col. Patrick Doherty, the 4th Fighter Wi...

Full article: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123298107

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