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F-15s ON WINNING LONG SHOT TEAM

 ST. LOUIS, Aug. 3 /PRNewswie/ -- Eight McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles were part of a 12-aircraft composite force representing the 12th Air Force that won top team honors at the first Long Shot competition, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command. Top Numbered Air Force (NAF) honors went to the First and Eighth Air Force. Their two combined teams were each led in by F-15A/Cs. The competition was held May 20-22 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
 The winning team included four F-15Es from the 58th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and four F-15As from the 131st Fighter Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, based at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Mo. The strike force also included two A-10 ground-attack aircraft and two B-52 bombers.
 Long Shot, which is the successor to the Air Combat Command's Long Rifle and Long Arrow events, is a NAF long-range, composite force employment competition incorporating a variety of fighter and bomber aircraft.
 Aircrews from participating units were randomly selected and given short notice to form into six composite force teams. Each NAF team flew a long-range contingency operation from their various home stations or forward-deployed locations against targets on the Nellis bombing range. The aircraft landed at Nellis after completing the missions.
 The teams performed close air support, air interdiction and counter air tasks. Air refueling and airborne command and control support were provided for each team.
 More than 253 aircrafts, including 249 combat aircrafts, took part in the Long Shot competition.
 F-15Es on the winning team were crewed by Maj. Mike Tarleton and Capt. Rich Horan; Maj. John Sims and Maj. Jim Gagon; Maj. Rob Wiechert and Capt. Rich McGivern; and Capt. Chris Dinenna and Maj. Joe Seidl.
 The F-15s from the 131st Tactical Fighter Wing were piloted by Capt. Joe Blake, Capt. Mike Harrell, Capt. Bob Hehemann and Capt. Dan Barr.
 More than 1,225 F-15 Eagles are in service with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air National Guard, and the air forces of Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia. The F-15E, the most advanced aircraft in the Eagle family and the premier long-range interdiction aircraft, combines unsurpassed air- to-air performance and superior air-to-ground capability in a single fighter.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Guse of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-232-7286/


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