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F-15 E Eagle Strike jets arrive in Pasco to prep for air show

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PASCO, Wash. -- The preparations for the 2011 Water Follies are underway, and the director of the air show, Scott Meyer is excited about a new performance by the U.S. Airforce, bringing in two F-15 E Eagle Strike Jets in.

"This is the first time we're going to have them at the Tri-Cities Water Follies, the last three years we've had the F16's," says Meyer.

The jets landed at Bergstrom Aircraft in Pasco Tuesday morning.  They did a couple of the tricks they plan on running on Saturday and Sunday. "We'll get it low, we'll get it on the deck, almost with the speed of sound.  We'll be doing the rolls and the loops, showing off the maneuverability of the airplane, we're going to climb it. It's got a max climb that will go 3 miles high in less than 20 seconds," says the pilot, Major Mike Maeder, who has been part of the F-15 Demo team for the last nine years.

The team puts on about 30 shows across the US and in Europe.  This is their first time in the Tri-Cities.  The F-15 E Eagle Strike Jets are very fast and currently being used in Afghanistan on the war front.  " It's got a prestige combat record.  It has never been shot down by any aircrafts because it travels almost at the speed of sound.  almost 1,800 miles an hour. It will get up and go," says Maeder.

Besides being fast, the jet is also very accurate.  It is used to drop bombs on target and can hit a small spot from more than 20 miles away.

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