Despite being disparaged at times by U.S. Air Force leadership as inferior aircraft, the air combat F-15C and ground-attack F-15E are getting a costly makeover to keep them operationally relevant for another 20-plus years. The aging fighter has been long ignored by a service leadership determined to focus its resources on the stealthy F-22 and F-35. Only a decade ago, the Air Force was determined to spend major combat funding only on fifth-generation aircraft in hopes of swiftly shifting to ...

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