Fox One!


Interesting pic stolen from Theo Spark. Two F-15E “Beagles” from Alaska launching simultaneously. Now, that’s not too uncommon. What’s interesting is what they’re shooting. Rather than the AIM-120 AMRAAM, both missiles are the older, semi-active radar homing AIM-7.  “Fox One” is the brevity code for a radar guided missile launch, announced when the shot is taken.

I guess you gotta burn through the stocks eventually.

I’m curious how old the picture is. The Beagle entered service in the late 80s, and the AMRAAM entered service just after Desert Storm. I guess this could be a fairly old pic. Or fairly new. Who knows?

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  1. Dual Freq

    Looks like it is on the the USAF fact sheet for F-15E’s.
    http://www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=102 Photo #3.

    http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/021105-O-9999G-049.jpg
    DoD generally names their file with the day they were shot, 021105 would probably be Nov 5, 2002. The photo’s EXIF info says Nov 21, 2002, probably the original publication date. It is captioned:”Two F-15E from the 90th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, fire a pair of AIM-7Ms during a training mission. The mission took place over the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Florida.”