A rescue operation is under way to find the pilot of a US fighter jet which crashed into the North Sea on Monday, 15 June during a routine training mission.
A major operation is under way off the coast of North Yorkshire after the F-15 C Eagle came down near Flamborough Head, south of Scarborough.
3 KC-135s are circling the area of the North Sea around the location of where the F-15 crashed. pic.twitter.com/u5BZEJ4hpi— Intel Air & Sea (@air_intel) June 15, 2020
The F-15 has been the main warhorse of the US Air Force since the 1980s. The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle - to give it its full name - first entered service in 1976 and was heavily involved in the Gulf War in 1991.
It has a top speed of 1,875 miles per hour and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofan engines, with afterburners.
The US Air Force has had a base at RAF Lakenheath, in the east of England, since 1948.
In 2018 it was reported that the US Air Force was in talks with Boeing about building a replacement for the ageing F-15 Eagle.
The US Air Force and the RAF carry out regular low flying sorties along the east coast of England and out into the North Sea.