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Shuttle escort

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on May 26, 2011 1:46 PM

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Capt. Neil Mercer

A 4th Fighter Wing F-15E -- and its crew -- take in the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour May 16. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Strike Eagles were in the skies as part of an Operation Noble Eagle mission.

From the backseat of an F-15E Strike Eagle, Capt. Neil Mercer took it all in -- an object breaking through the clouds; the slow climb and sudden burst of speed unfolding across the clear, blue sky. "The whole time we're...

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