Air Force Names Boeing F-15EX And It Makes No Sense

After days of anticipation, a dropped Facebook Live stream and an inspirational video from Boeing (BA), the Air Force christened its most advanced fourth-generation fighter jet the most boring name imaginable.


As of Wednesday, the Boeing F-15EX will be known as the F-15EX Eagle II.

Not only is the name the most unoriginal fighter jet name since the Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-35 Lightning II, it also doesn’t make much sense.

There are already two prior Eagle models as some eagle-eyed reporters pointed out: the F-15 Eagle and the F-15E Strike Eagle. So the F-15EX should really be the Eagle III.

Or something else entirely.

The creative minds of the internet were hoping for Golden Eagle or Super Eagle or even the Boeing F-15 Lil Nas EX.

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Boeing shares fell 1% to close at 252.58 on the stock market today. General Electric (GE), which is supplying the engines for the first batch of Eagle IIs, dipped 0.1%. Raytheon Technologies (RTX), which is expected to compete against GE for follow-on engine orders, rose 0.1%.

The Boeing F-15EX is an upgraded fourth-generation jet, so it won’t have the stealth capabilities of the F-35. But it can carry more ordnance and heavier payloads.

The plane will replace most of the Air National Guard’s existing F-15Cs, said Mike Loh, Air National Guard director, during Wednesday’s presentation at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Digital engineering, or testing digital aircraft before physically building it, helped the F-15EX go from its first flight in February to its first delivery in March.

In July 2020, Boeing received the first order for what could be a $23 billion contract to build F-15EX fighters for the Air Force.

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