(*from hoax slayer website)
Detailed Analysis Although it does not come right out and say so, the implied suggestion in this email forward is that the attached photographs represent actual footage of a US Air Force F-15 as it broke up midair forcing the ejection of the pilot. However, this suggestion is untrue. The midair break up shown in the images did occur. On November 2, 2007 a US Air National Guard F-15 broke apart and crashed during a training exercise near Boss, Missouri. Although the incident itself is real, the images included in this email are not real photographs of the crash. Instead, they are taken from an animation prepared as part of the investigation into what caused the incident. When viewed as intended as part of an animation, it is clear that the images are not actual photographs:
Apparently, the creator of the email message has simply taken several still shots from the animation and added a few vaguely humorous captions as commentary on the "action". As a result of the crash, the US Air Force grounded the entire F-15 fleet in November 2007. The crash investigation revealed that the crash was caused by the failure of the upper right longeron, a critical support structure in the aircraft's frame. The pilot of the F-15, Major Stephen Stilwell, successfully ejected from the stricken aircraft but sustained serious arm and shoulder injuries. The crash caused minimal damage to private property on the ground, but there were no fatalities or other injuries. By January 9 2008, 60 percent of the Air Force's F-15 fleet had been approved to return to active duty. Nine other aircraft were found to have longeron cracks and some of them may be retired from duty permanently rather than repaired.