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Cracks found on F-15s at Kadena Air Base

Date Posted: 2007-12-11

Cracks have been discovered on two F-15 fighter jets assigned to the U.S. Kadena Air Base.
The cracks were found during an inspection of all F-15s in the Air Force inventory following a crash in the U.S. last month. Officials say the cracks, located near the canopies, were on only two of 30 Kadena-based planes inspected. The aircraft are currently suspended from flying.
The Air Force issued its initial grounding order in November following an F-15C crash in Missouri. That order was lifted November 21st, but reinstated after additional defects were discovered in other aircraft. Apart from the two F-15s at Kadena, Air Force officials say five other planes also were found to have cracks. Four are at an Air National Guard base in Oregon, while the fifth was at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida.
U.S. F-15s, the Air Force says, will remain grounded until a complete analysis of the cause of the cracks is complete, and repairs are made. There are more than 700 F-15s in the U.S. inventory, with planes based in the Middle East and England, as well as in the U.S.
Japanís Air Self Defense Force has completed an inspection of its 200 F-15s, and reports no problems were found.

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