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F-15 Eagle: 1990s Chronology

Originally Compiled By:
James R. Ciborski
History Office
Aeronautical Systems Center
Air Force Materiel Command
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
June 2002
31 Jul 1990

Col Melvin Hayashi, leader of the F-15 management team, retired.

4 Aug 1990

Col R. T. Kadish took over program management.


The F-15 SPO termed its actions in support of the troops deployed to the Middle East "Desert Eagle." The Air Force deployed F-15C, F-15D, and F-15E aircraft to the Persian Gulf. The weapons system accounted for 36 of the 39 Air Force air-to-air victories with a confirmed 26:0 kill ratio. The SPO and the Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center participated in a joint effort to expedite delivery of F-15E-peculiar spares to the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing. The Air Force deployed 48 F-15Es to Saudi Arabia. The desert environment presented a variety of problems for aircrews, maintainers, and support functions. A number of management initiatives allowed ASD to provide the necessary support which produced a fully mission capable rate of 95.5 percent for the F-15E during Desert Storm. The LANTIRN equipped F-15Es operated primarily at night, hunting SCUD missile launchers and artillery sites.

1 Aug 1991

Col James L. DeStout replaced Col R. T. Kadish as F-15 SPO manager.

12 Aug 1991

The STOL/F-15 demonstrator aircraft made its last flight, validating operation of its Autonomous Landing Guidance System during a night landing at Edwards AFB, California.

16 Aug 1991

First two F-15s ferried to Saudi Arabia under the Peace Sun Foreign Military Sales program.

1 Oct 1991

Merger of System Program Director (SPD) from ASD and F-15 Systems Program Manager (SPM) from Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center. Brig Gen Childress served as the SPD.

18 Dec 1991

First flight of Peace Fox aircraft (the sale of F-15s to Israel).

9 Jan 1992

The F-15 SPO received the General Bernard A. Schreiver Award in the Air Force Systems Command major program category for the year 1991. This award recognized the SPO for its outstanding support to the weapons system during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as developing integrated weapon system management for the new Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC).

11 Sep 1992

Announcement that Saudi Arabia planned to purchase an additional 72 F-15 aircraft.


Col William D. Rutley served as F-15 SPD at Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center.

Jan 1994

F-15 SPO reorganization following the Integrated Product Development (IPD) concept.

Jun 1994

The F-15 SPO moved from Bldg. 56, Area B, into nearby Bldg. 32 (Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio).

28 Jun 1994

The final nine F-15s were delivered to the USAF. The SPO continued to support foreign sales to Saudi Arabia and Israel.

5 Sep 1996

The Air Force redesignated the F-15 SPO (ASC/VF) as the F-15 Development Systems Office (DSO), (ASC/LFD). Col Thomas M. Humes directed the organization.

Jun 1997

The F-15 DSO office symbol changed from ASC/LFD to ASC/FBA.

1 Aug 1997

McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing and began operations as a single company with more than 220,000 employees.

21 Nov 1997

The Air Force announced the planned deployment of an Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) to Southwest Asia, including 12 F-15C aircraft from Eglin AFB, Florida, 12 F-15Cs from Moody AFB, Georgia, and six F-16C/Js from Shaw AFB, South Carolina.

Jan 1998

The Israeli Air Force received its first two F-15I dual-role fighters under the Foreign Military Sales program.

Jul 1998

Depot maintenance responsibility for the F-15 transferred from McClellan AFB, California, to Robins AFB, Georgia, with the pending closure of the California installation. Programmed depot maintenance had been performed at McClellan since 1991 and other maintenance activities for the weapons system had been performed there before that year.

16 Dec 1998

A Boeing F-15D Eagle air superiority fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida, became the first in the Air Force's inventory to log 6,000 flying hours.

7 Jun 1999

The Boeing Company delivered an F-15E to the Air Force. This represented the first F-15E acquired since 1994. The company delivered 209 F-15E Strike Eagles between 1987 and 1994.

Oct 1999

Reversing earlier plans to halt F-15 production, a congressional committee agreed to provide $275 million for the Air Force to buy five additional fighters from Boeing.

Dec 1999

The Air Force announced plans to equip some frontline F-15C fighters with the APG-63(v)2 Active Electronically Scanned Array (ASEA) advanced radar system. Officials expected this system to significantly increase the F-15C's capabilities while cutting maintenance costs.

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