This email has been circulating since late 2007.
It is certainly an interesting set of pictures. The truth is revealed at
Subject: F15 -- Ya got to see
Look at these photos.
Even more amazing, someone was
taking photos while it happened!
Is this is the
result of an
aging fleet or
of the lack of
Either way this
is not good news
for our pilots
or our country
I was just flying along, enjoying
And what's so cool is they actually
pay me to do this!
Hmmm... What's that strange sound?
Something feels different!
Hey, why am I looking up?
Whoa here. What the . .. . . ?
Controls aren't working.
Time for a mirror check. ? Hey,
where's the rest of my F-15?
Uh oh, it's over there. I think I've
got a definite 'Aw, sh*t' going on
gotta wonder, am I the first guy to
ever experience 'cockpit-airframe
OK, enough is enough! I'm outta'
here! But first, the canopy has to
now it's my turn. I'm gonna be gone
- soon as I find that #@&%@?#
Oh yeah, that's what I'm talking
This 'incident' caused the USAF to
ground its fleet of F-15's.
How about the guy who took these
Just when it looks like it's going
to be just another 'average day at
the office'. You never know!
What caused the mid air break up?
The main "longeron" (stringer)
behind the cockpit failed due to
Pretty amazing, but not
true. There was an F15C crash (Nov 2007) and some fraction of the USAF’s
F15s were grounded until the problem could be sorted out and fixed. The
newer F15E’s were not involved in the grounding. The pictures are from a
computer graphics simulation developed during the crash study. Click
to see the simulation video.
This is another example of how material on the web gets passed around and
before you know it the story is not quite true.