Like the last choreographed work of plane porn (orgy?) we showed you, this is another "elephant walk." But here, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base assembled more F-15E Strike Eagles than most countries have aircraft to their name. So what's the point of all of this, other than a good photo op and a "Don't try anything" to North Korea? Not much. But, hey, there's never much point to porn. Let's hope we never have to actually use this many fighters at once. [The Aviationist]
"So what's the point of all of this, other than a good photo op and a "Don't try anything" to North Korea? Not much."
An elephant walk is usually completed during an Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE). These are done periodically (depending on the base) to test the preparedness of the maintainers and pilots to go "generate" aircraft to go to war and then they "play" war and "deploy". The elephant walk is the "deployment" portion and usually involves a short local flight (it may or may not require in flight refueling as part of the pilots proficency checks). If you look closely at the picture, there are only external fuel tanks loaded on the pylons, no ordinance.