Thirty F-15Cs at Kingsley Air Field in Oregon have been grounded since last week over serious maintenance problems, reported Wednesday.

Maj. Nikki Jackson, a spokeswoman for the 173rd Fighter Wing, an Oregon Air National Guard unit that trains F-15 pilots, told that the concerns that caused the fighters to be grounded were over “structural issues that we want to take a closer look at before we clear our aircraft to fly.“

The Eagles are expected to resume flying Thursday, the report said, and the wing does not expect it will affect training or deployment schedules.

“The safety of our air crew is our number one priority,” Jackson told “A team from the F-15 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program is on site and looking into the issue, to determine the path forward.”

The Air Force has also grounded T-6 trainers twice over the past year due to hypoxia-related problems.

Stephen Losey is the air warfare reporter for Defense News. He previously covered leadership and personnel issues at Air Force Times, and the Pentagon, special operations and air warfare at He has traveled to the Middle East to cover U.S. Air Force operations.

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