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The Portland Air National Guard has received its first F-15EX Eagle II fighter, marking a significant milestone for the Air Force.

On June 5, the Air Force took delivery of the first combat-ready F-15EX Eagle II, built by Boeing in St. Louis, Missouri. This jet, the first of 18 destined for the Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing in Portland, Oregon, symbolizes the initial phase of nearly 100 F-15EXs slated for delivery to the Air Force. Notably, this is the first instance where a new weapon system is delivered to the Air National Guard before being integrated into active duty units.

Col. Michael Kosderka, Wing Commander, noted the rarity of the Air National Guard receiving a major weapon system ahead of active duty units, calling it a “super big deal.” Boeing announced that the second operational F-15EX will be delivered to Portland in the coming weeks. In addition, Boeing says the goal is to pump out two F-15EXs a month.

More on the F-15EX:
The F-15EX, the latest variant of the F-15 Eagle, is an advanced multi-role fighter jet developed by Boeing. It boasts impressive specifications, including a maximum speed of Mach 2.5 and a combat range of approximately 1,100 miles. The F-15EX also features an advanced avionics suite, a new electronic warfare system, and the ability to carry a diverse array of weapons, including both air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions, with a maximum payload capacity of 29,500 pounds. Designed for longevity and ease of maintenance, the F-15EX is expected to serve well into the 2040s.

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Although the Air Force plans to purchase 98 F-15EXs, budget proposals for fiscal 2025 suggest buying only 18, with future acquisitions still being determined. However, the House’s proposed 2025 defense policy bill seeks to reverse this, proposing additional funding to acquire 24 more jets in 2026.


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