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A Beloved Eagle Retires

  • Published
  • By Tech Sgt. Chelsea Smith
  • 125th Fighter Wing

On Aug. 14, 2023, Maj. Brannon Ferguson, a pilot at the 159th Fighter Squadron, retired an F-15C Eagle by flying the jet to the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. 

The departure represents the wing’s divesture in the F-15C Eagle airframe as the installation prepares to receive the first batch of F-35 Lightning II aircraft in early 2025. Infrastructure changes and conversion training for Airmen are currently underway to prepare for the change in mission, which will equip the wing with the Air Force’s most sophisticated fifth-generation fighter. The arrival of F-35s will posture 125th FW Airmen to meet air superiority and global strike needs for our nation’s defense, and mark the end of a 30-year era flying F-15 fighter jets.