One of the grooms I photographed happens to be an F-15C Eagle pilot. He and his wife travel all over the world and continue to stay in touch, sending updates about their lives. His mission is a seemingly simple one… Air Superiority. In today’s world that is very serious, but his life is one that brings out dreams we’ve all had since we were little boys.
My father treated my brother and I to an Air Combat mission a few years ago. That is something I will never forget as long as I live. We flew three dogfights in the SIAI Marchetti SF-260. This small prop plane is so swift that it’s considered a trainer for jet fighter pilots. From the time you lift off until just before touchdown, you are in complete control of the aircraft. The co-pilots are ex-military pilots and the whole flight is video taped from both planes so you can compare your flight in the debriefing. While that was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life, I can only imagine what it would be like to fly in an F-15 fighter.
This pilot was kind enough to share a couple of photos that he thought I would enjoy. These are F-15C Eagles, just off the coast in “the Wash” region of the North Sea, north of East Anglia in England. You may think this photo is oriented incorrectly, but it’s actually a 150 degree bank as the two jets turn into the clouds along the coast.
The F-15 banking in formation. What beautiful countryside!
Two F-15’s flying above the clouds in formation.