In 1967 the U.S. became aware of the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. This made it necessary to develop
a new aircraft to counter the MiG-25. The USAF rejected the USN F-14 Tomcat and issued its
own requirements. The solution came in the form of the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F-15
Eagle. The F-15A made its inaugural flight in July 1972 and in January 1976 the first Eagle
entered service. The "E" entered service in 1989. The F-15 was the first dedicated USAF air
superiority fighter since the F-86 Sabre.
The JASDF has acquired 37 F-25DJ two-seaters with twelve being built by McDonnell Douglas
and the remainder built under license by Mitsubishi. The Eagles replaced the aging F-104s. Late
in 1981 a Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (Hiko Kyodotai) was established at Tsuiki but
moved to Nyuabaru in 1983 as a dedicated Aggressor Squadron. The main aircraft is the F-15DJ
with a few F-15Js. The Aggressor Squadron’s task is to train potential F-15 pilots at Nyuabaru as
well as other locations for proficiency training. These Aggressors wear unique schemes on each
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