Boeing F-15K First Flight
05 Mar 2005
The Republic of Korea destined F-15K made its first flight on 3 March 2005 in St. Louis. Flown by Boeing Chief F-15 Test Pilot Joe Felock and Chief Weapons Systems Officer Rick Junkin, the F-15K completed an aggressive speed run easily surpassing Mach 2, accomplished both engine shut-downs and restarts, and breezed through instrument and avionics checks of primary backup systems.
The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) selected the F-15K Strike Eagle for its Next Generation Fighter Program in 2002. The F-15K is an advanced derivative of the F-15E Strike Eagle, currently operated by the USAF. Under a $3.6 billion contract, Boeing will deliver 40 aircraft to the ROKAF beginning this year and ending in August 2008. The official F-15K roll out ceremony will be held on 16 March 2005 in St. Louis.