Aviation Nation 2014: Eagle Power

Fast, sleek and powerful, the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is still one of the finest looking aircraft to ever take to the skies. Of all the modern military aircraft, the F-15 remains one of my top favourites. To see not only F-15C Eagle air superiority fighters but also F-15E Strike Eagles of the USAF take flight at Aviation Nation 2014 was a great highlight of the air show for me.

USAF McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle Aviation Nation 2014
McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle
USAF McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB Nevada
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle

An F-15C air defence scramble demonstration with the afterburners on during take-off against “Aggressor” F-16’s was something special to see indeed! True raw Eagle power!

McDonnell F-15C Eagle takeoff Aviation Nation Nellis AFB 2014
McDonnell F-15C Eagle takeoff
McDonnell F-15C Eagle takeoff Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2014
After burner on
McDonnell F-15C Eagle takeoff Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2014 Afterburner
Raw power!
McDonnell F-15C Eagle takeoff Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2014
Eagle away

This was followed up with a joint air to ground attack demo by A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-15E aircraft. Although simulated the combat demonstrations were an exciting addition to the air show and gave some idea of the firepower these powerful aircraft can bring to the fight.

McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle take off Aviation nation 2014 Nellis AFB
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle take off
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle USAF Aviation nation 2014
Strike Eagle away!
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle USAF Nellis AFB Nevada
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle flyby
Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Aviation Nation 2014
Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II inbound
Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Aviation Nation 2014 combat display
Excuse me A-10 coming through
Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Aviation Nation 2014 combat display
Goodnight
USAF F-15E Strike Eagle combat demo Aviation nation 2014
Strike Eagle on point
Aviation Nation 2014 explosion combat demo
Game over

Aviation Nation has been on my aviation bucket list for a long time. I am very happy I finally made it to the big show.

McDonnell F-15C Eagle takeoff Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2014
The Eagle has landed

 

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