To attain superiority in air-to-air combat the pilot must detect, evade, attack and destroy the enemy. The F-15 Eagle with its incredible acceleration, maneuverability, multi-mission avionics, range and weaponry has this ability. The F-15 soared passed its competition to outperform all other aircraft and to become the air superiority fighter with a combat record of 101 victories to zero losses.
The F-15 has the ultimate fighter pilot cockpit, its large elevated area and bubble canopy give the pilot a nearly waist high 360-degree visibility. The F-15 was the first air-to-air fighter with a self-contained Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS). Technology took a quantum leap in the F-15 with the installation of the APG-63 radar, featuring semi-auto dogfight mode, look-down/shoot-down, range/track while scanning, range/track while searching and Sparrow illumination modes. The integrated Heads-Up Display (HUD) features basic flight information, plus the target, status, range, closure rate, G-load, Mach speed, ammunitions count and more.
Statistically most AAA (Anti-Aircraft Artillery) damage occurs to the rear of the aircraft, this makes the center fuselage the home of nearly 90% of the avionics/systems. The forward and main fuselage is constructed mainly of aluminum while the aft section is mainly titanium with honeycomb fillers, the skins are boron epoxy composite. This F-15 originally cost 28 million dollars. It was acquired by Yanks in 2011.
|DISPLAY STATUS||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||CURRENT LOCATION|
|Own||United States||Starfighter Hangar|
|PURPOSE & TYPE||MATERIALS||ERA & DATE RANGE|
1975 – Present
|MFG: McDonnell Douglas
First Produced: 1976
Number Built: 365 F-15A models
Armament: M-61 20mm cannon, plus 1,600 lbs of ordinance; AIM-7, AIM-9, AIM-120, AMRAAM missiles, Mark 82 & 84, GBU 8, 10 & 31Acquired by Yanks in 2011.
Wing Area: 608 sq ft
Empty Weight: 27,000 lbs
Gross Weight: 56,002 lbs
Powerplant: (2) P&W F100-PW-100
Cruise Speed: 660 mph
Maximum Speed: 1,650 mph (2.5+ mach)
Range: 2,000 mph
|Delivered: 6/30/1979Stricken: 4/1995
6/1979 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing (Tactical Air Command), Elgin AFB FL
11/1980 – Air Development Test Center (AF Systems Command), Elgin AFB FL
9/1987 – 405th Tactical Training Wing (TAC) Luke, AFB AZ
1991 – 325th Tactical Training Wing (TAC) Tyndall AFB FL
1992 – 325th Fighter Wing (Air Combat Command) Tyndall AFB FL
1994 – 325th Fighter Wing (Air Education and Training Command) Tyndall AFB FL