A US Air Force F-15E assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina achieved 10,000 flying hours on September 18. This is the first time the milestone has been attained by a Strike Eagle training squadron.
Tail number 472 arrived at Seymour Johnson on July 1, 1990 and has been flown by the 333rd FS since January 2010.
The F-15E is the 10th within the 4th Fighter Wing to reach the milestone. Strike Eagles are flown by two schoolhouse units within the wing: the 333rd and 334th FS.
MSgt Justin Wolfe, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 333rd aircraft maintenance unit production superintendent, said: “It takes dedicated men and women to perform maintenance to the best of their abilities to keep these jets going.” He added: “There’s a lot of strain and stress that’s put on the aircraft and to have an aircraft make it to 10,000 hours and still be flying is a huge feat in and of itself.”
Lt Col George Quint, 333rd FS WSO instructor, whose name is painted on the side of the jet, was at the controls of the jet while it achieved this milestone: “It’s a huge success for both the 333rd FS and 333rd AMU to have an aircraft reach 10,000 hours,” said Quint. “Having my name painted on a Strike Eagle is an honor, especially 472 since it hit this milestone. The hard work and dedication of both the 333d maintainers and instructors enabled 472 to reach 10,000 hours!”