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McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
USAF F-15C over Washington, D.C Role Manufacturer First flight Introduction Status Primary users Air superiority fighter McDonnell Douglas Boeing IDS 27 July 1972 9 January 1976 Active United States Air Force Japan Air Self-Defense Force Royal Saudi Air Force Israeli Air Force F-15A/B/C/D/J/DJ: 1,198
Number built Unit cost
F-15A/B: US$27.9 million (1998)  F-15C/D: US$29.9 million (1998) McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle McDonnell Douglas F-15 STOL/MTD Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle
The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful modern fighters with over 100 aerial combat victories with no losses in dogfights.  Following reviews of proposals, the United States Air Force selected McDonnell Douglas' design in 1967 to meet the service's need for a dedicated air superiority fighter. The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976. The F-15 is expected to be in service with the U.S. Air Force until 2025. Since the 1970s, the Eagle has also been exported to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. Despite originally being envisaged as a pure air superiority aircraft, the design proved flexible enough that an all-weather strike derivative, the F-15E Strike Eagle, was later developed, and entered service in 1989.
McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Following studies in 1964-1965, the U.S. Air Force developed requirements for an air superiority fighter in October 1965. Then on 8 December 1965, the Air Force issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the new fighter. The request called for both air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities. Eight companies responded with proposals. In the following study phase, four of these companies developed some 500 design concepts. Typical designs featured variable-sweep wings, weighed over 60,000 lb (27,200 kg), included a top speed of Mach 2.7 and a thrust-to-weight ratio of 0.75. The designs were not accepted by the Air Force as they compromised fighter qualities for ground attack qualities. Acceptance of the Energy-Maneuverability (E-M) theory by the Air Force led to a change in requirements for improved maneuverability by the spring 1967. The design mission weight was reduced to 40,000 lb (18,100 kg), top speed reduced to Mach 2.3-2.5 and thrust-to-weight ratio increased to 0.97. In 1967 U.S. intelligence was surprised to find that the Soviet Union was building a large fighter aircraft, the MiG-25 'Foxbat'. It was not known in the West at the time that the MiG-25 was designed as a high-speed interceptor, not an air superiority fighter, so its primary asset was speed, not maneuverability. The MiG-25's huge tailplanes and vertical stabilizers (tail fins) hinted at a very maneuverable aircraft, which worried the Air Force that its performance might be better than its U.S. counterparts. In reality, the MiG's large fins and stabilators were necessary to prevent the aircraft from encountering inertia coupling in high-speed, high-altitude flight. The F-4 Phantom II of the USAF and U.S. Navy was the only fighter with enough power, range, and maneuverability to be given the primary task of dealing with the threat of Soviet fighters while flying with visual engagement rules. As a matter of policy, the Phantoms could not engage targets without positive visual identification, so they could not engage targets at long ranges, as designed. Medium-range AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, and to a lesser degree even the AIM-9 Sidewinder, were often unreliable and ineffective at close ranges where it was found that guns were often the only effective weapon. The Phantom did not originally have a gun, but experience in Vietnam led to the addition of a gun. An external gun pod was tried and later the M61 Vulcan was integrated internally on the F-4E.
There was a clear need for a new fighter that overcame the close-range limitation of the Phantom while retaining long-range air superiority. After rejecting the U.S. Navy VFX program (which led to the F-14 Tomcat) as being unsuited to its needs, the U.S. Air Force issued its own requirements for the Fighter Experimental (F-X), a specification for a relatively lightweight air superiority fighter. The requirements called for single-seat fighter having a maximum take-off weight of 40,000 lb (18,100 kg) for the air-to-air role with a maximum speed of Mach 2.5 and a thrust to weight ratio of nearly 1 at mission weight. Four companies submitted proposals, with the Air Force eliminating General Dynamics and awarded contracts to Fairchild Republic, North American Rockwell, and McDonnell Douglas for the definition phase in December 1968. The companies submitted technical proposals by June 1969. The Air Force announced the selection of McDonnell Douglas on 23 December 1969. The winning design resembled the twin-tailed F-14, but with fixed wings. It would not be significantly lighter or smaller than the F-4 that it would replace.
the F-15 has only a single canopy frame with clear vision forward. as the F-15B is fully combat-capable) for the twin-seat. including 2. and AIM-120A missiles. The F-15 has a "look-down/shoot-down" radar that can distinguish low-flying moving targets from ground clutter. but its capability was eventually demonstrated in combat. McDonnell Douglas F-15A (S/N 71-0280) first flight. and too expensive to procure in large numbers. These versions would be powered by new Pratt & Whitney F100 engines to achieve a combat thrust-to-weight ratio in excess of 1 to 1. Unlike the F-14 or F-4. led to the Lightweight Fighter (LWF) program." The F-15 would be favored by customers such as the Israel Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force. These new models have Production Eagle Package (PEP 2000) improvements. wide fuselage that also provided an effective lifting surface. and an expanded Tactical . However. but this designation was quickly dropped. conformal fuel tanks. Other improvements on the C and D models included strengthened landing gear.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 3 The Eagle's initial versions were designated F-15A for the single-seat configuration and F-15B (originally TF-15A. so that when there is a need to upgrade the radar in the future for more advanced weaponry developed later. The fixed wing was put onto a flat. provisions for carrying exterior conformal fuel tanks and increased maximum takeoff weight of up to 68. which led to the USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon and the middle-weight Navy F/A-18 Hornet. The F-15 Multistage Improvement Program (MSIP) was initiated in February 1983 with the first production MSIP F-15C produced in 1985. a Programmable Armament Control Set. Further development The single-seat F-15C and two-seat F-15D models entered production in 1978 with the models' first flights in February and June of that year. An overload warning system was also added. a full weapons load.000 lb (30. The USAF introduced the F-15 as "the first dedicated USAF air superiority fighter since the F-86 Sabre. The USAF F-15C taxiing for takeoff. Improvements included an upgraded central computer. only reprogramming is needed. The first F-15A flight was made in July 1972 with the first flight of the two-seat F-15B (formerly TF-15A) following in July 1973. criticism from the fighter mafia that the F-15 was too large to be a dedicated dogfighter.700 kg). and a new digital central computer. allowing for advanced versions of the AIM-7. which allows the pilot to fly the fighter to 9 g at all weights. A proposed 25 mm Ford-Philco GAU-7 cannon with caseless ammunition was dropped in favor of the standard M61 Vulcan gun due to development problems. Some questioned if the zoom performance of the F-15 with Sparrow missiles was enough to deal with the new threat of the high-flying MiG-25 "Foxbat". The F-15 would use computer technology with new controls and displays to lower pilot workload and require only one pilot to save weight.000 lb (900 kg) of additional internal fuel. The additional takeoff weight allows internal fuel. The F-15 retained conformal carriage of F-15A cockpit four Sparrow missiles like the Phantom. APG-63 radar uses a programmable signal processor (PSP). The PSP was the first of its kind in the world. and three external fuel tanks to be carried. radar improvements. and the upgraded APG-63 radar was the first radar to use it. AIM-9.
McDonnell Douglas and F-15 radar manufacturer. advanced radar. It also has an internally mounted. and reduced fuel consumption. The earlier MSIP F-15Cs with the APG-63 were later upgraded to the APG-63(V)1. The improvements were retrofitted to existing F-15s. The F-15 has a spine-mounted air brake and retractable tricycle landing gear. flight instruments. The original F100-100 engines were upgraded to a similar configuration with the designation F100-200E starting in 1997 and were ongoing as of 2007. which significantly improved reliability and maintainability while providing performance similar to the APG-70. Hughes. with twin aluminum/composite honeycomb fins with boron-composite skins. The thrust output of the dual engines is greater than the aircraft's weight. identification. The F-15E strike variant was selected for production in 1984. Beginning in 1985. B and D-models add a second seat behind the pilot for training. In 1979. resulting in an exceptionally thin tailplane and rudders with all-moving composite horizontal tail surfaces outboard of the fins.000 ft (10. The F-15's maneuverability is derived from low wing loading (weight to wing area ratio) with a high thrust-to-weight ratio enabling the aircraft to turn tightly without losing airspeed. The A and C-models are single-seat variants that make up the bulk of F-15 production. Recent upgrades include retrofiting 178 F-15C fighters with the AN/APG-63(V)3 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with delivery beginning in early 2009. A multi-mission avionics system includes a head-up display (HUD). the Air Force also plans to upgrade other F-15s with the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS). It added a digital engine control to allow for quicker throttle response.000 m) in around 60 seconds.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle Electronic Warfare System that provides improvements to the ALR-56C radar warning receiver and ALQ-135 countermeasure set. Additionally. inertial guidance system (INS). The F-15 can climb to 30. friend or foe (IFF) system. The empennage is metal and composite construction. teamed to privately develop a strike version of the F-15. The cockpit is mounted high in the forward fuselage with a one-piece windscreen and large canopy to increase visibility. less wear. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100 axial-flow turbofan engines with afterburners mounted side-by-side in the fuselage. E-models use the second seat for a bombardier/navigator. tactical electronic-warfare system. F-15C executing a maximum performance takeoff. This version competed in the Air Force's Dual-Role Fighter competition starting in 1982. thus giving it the ability to accelerate in a vertical climb. These 43 F-15Cs with APG-70 radar are sometimes referred as Enhanced Eagles. . 4 Design The F-15 has an all-metal semi-monocoque fuselage with a large cantilever shoulder-mounted wing. which was developed for the F-15E. Lockheed Martin is working on an IRST system for the F-15C. and Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) and Instrument Landing System (ILS) receivers. The final 43 F-15Cs included the enhanced-capability Hughes APG-70 radar. ultra high frequency (UHF) communications. The weapons and flight control systems are designed so that one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat. F-15C and D models were equipped with the improved P&W F100-220 engine. electronic countermeasures suite and a central digital computer.
all essential flight information gathered by the integrated avionics system. through a combiner. This display. and this information is projected on the head-up display. provides the pilot information necessary to track and destroy an enemy aircraft without having to look down at cockpit instruments. When the pilot changes from one weapon system to another. variant to carry them on a routine basis. Sparrow or AMRAAM missiles can be attached to the corners of the conformal fuel tanks. The F-15's versatile APG-63/70 pulse-Doppler radar system can look up at high-flying targets and down at low-flying targets without being confused by ground clutter. they degrade performance by increasing drag and cannot be jettisoned in-flight (unlike conventional external tanks). gallons (2. Each conformal fuel tank can hold 750 U. The radar feeds target information into the central computer for effective weapons delivery. All external stations for munitions remain available with the tanks in use. With the closure of the 57 FIS the F-15E is the only U. using the head-up display and the avionics and weapons controls located on the engine throttles or control stick. visible in any light condition. AIM-9L/M Sidewinder or AIM-120 missiles on two pylons under the wings. and an internal M61A1 20 mm Gatling gun in the right wing root. The American CFTs were also provided to Israel and Saudi Arabia but only Israel uses them (as needed) on their entire fleet. The F-15's electronic warfare system provides both threat warning and automatic countermeasures against selected threats. models. the radar automatically acquires enemy aircraft. The 57 FIS based at Keflavik NAS. An automated weapon system enables the pilot to perform aerial combat safely and effectively. The Eagle can be armed with combinations of four different air-to-air weapons: AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles or AIM-120 AMRAAM advanced medium range air-to-air missiles on its lower fuselage corners. Low-drag conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) were developed for the F-15C and D F-15E with speed brake deployed and conformal tanks fitted. It can detect and track aircraft and small A wing over maneuver displays the clean lines and high-wing design of an F-15E from high-speed targets at distances beyond visual range (the maximum Elmendorf AFB. . visual guidance for the required weapon automatically appears on the head-up display. A variety of air-to-air weaponry can be carried by the F-15.840 L) of fuel. These tanks increase range thus reducing the need for in-flight refueling. and at altitudes down to treetop level. Iceland was the only C-model squadron to utilize CFTs on a regular basis due to its extended operations over the North Atlantic. The capability of locking onto targets as far as 50 nautical miles (90 km) with an AIM-120 AMRAAM missile enables true beyond visual range (BVR) engagement of targets. being 120 nautical miles (220 km) away) down to close range. However. For close-in dogfights. Moreover.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 5 The head-up display projects. They can be attached to the sides of the engine air intake trunks under each wing and are designed to the same load factors and airspeed limits as the basic aircraft.S.S. AK.
   . Royal Saudi Air Force F-15C pilots shot down two F-4E Phantom IIs flown by the Iranian Air Force in a skirmish in June 1984. F-15As downed 13 Syrian MiG-21 "Fishbeds" and two Syrian MiG-25 "Foxbats". This upgrade includes most of the new hardware from the APG-63(V)1. simultaneously guiding multiple missiles to several targets widely spaced in azimuth. or range. M61 Vulcan mounted on the side of right engine intake. These initial aircraft carried the Hughes Aircraft (now Raytheon) APG-63 radar. IAF Eagles. the F-15E carries a high-resolution APG-70 radar and LANTIRN pods to provide thermal imagery. The APG-63(V)2 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar has been retrofitted to 18 U. the first Eagle destined for a combat squadron. totally integrated fighter for all-weather. the latter being the aircraft the F-15 was designed to kill. providing nearly instantaneous track updates and enhanced multi-target tracking capability. The rear cockpit is upgraded to include four multi-purpose CRT displays for aircraft systems and weapons management. In January 1976. The digital. For low-altitude. Israeli F-15As and Bs participated as escorts in Operation Opera and served during the 1982 Lebanon War. Later on. in Operation Wooden Leg.S. air-to-air and deep interdiction missions. Operational history The largest operator of the F-15 is the United States Air Force. high-speed penetration and precision attack on tactical targets at night or in adverse weather. The first F-15 kill was scored by IAF ace Moshe Melnik in 1979. Air Force F-15C aircraft. the 555th TFS. but adds an AESA to provide increased pilot situational awareness. In 1979–81. bombed the PLO headquarters in Tunisia.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 6 The F-15E Strike Eagle is a two-seat. during Israeli raids against Palestinian factions based in Lebanon. The APG-63(V)2 is compatible with current F-15C weapon loads and enables pilots to take full advantage of AIM-120 AMRAAM capabilities. elevation. dual-role. in 1985. was delivered.342L Gazelle helicopter. triple-redundant Lear Siegler flight control system permits coupled automatic terrain following. The first Eagle (F-15B) was delivered 14 November 1974. and shot down two Iraqi Mirage F1s during the Gulf War. This was one of the few times air superiority F-15s (A/B/C/D models) were used in tactical strike missions. The AESA radar has an exceptionally agile beam. During the latter. enhanced by a ring-laser gyro inertial navigation system. Israeli F-15s shot down 40 Syrian jet fighters (23 MiG-21 "Fishbeds" and 17 MiG-23 "Floggers") and one Syrian SA.
S.  The ASAT program involved five test launches. After air superiority was achieved in the first three days of the conflict. From January 1984 to September 1986. two A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 approaches a Su-25 "Frogfoots". four Su-22 "Fitters". The third test flight involved a retired P78-1 solar observatory satellite in a 345-mile (555 km) orbit. . its F-15Cs had 34 confirmed kills of Iraqi aircraft during the 1991 Gulf War. two MiG-21 "Fishbeds". mostly by missile fire: five MiG-29 "Fulcrums". The single-seat F-15C was used for air superiority.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 7 Satellite killer The ASM-135 anti-satellite (ASAT) missile was designed to be a standoff anti-satellite weapon.S. The F-15E sustained two losses to ground fire in the Gulf War in 1991. The program was officially terminated in 1988. According to the USAF. two MiG-25 "Foxbats". F-15Es were operated mainly at night. but an F-15 carrying an ASAT would blend in among hundreds of F-15 flights. An F-15E achieved an aerial kill of another Iraqi Mi-8 helicopter using a laser-guided bomb during the air war. one Su-7. many of the later kills were reportedly of Iraqi aircraft fleeing to Iran. Another one was damaged on the ground by a SCUD strike on Dhahran air base. six Mirage F1s.22. with the F-15 acting as a first stage. and the F-15E was heavily used in air-to-ground attacks. rocket launch with a spy satellite loss. The pilot. The launch aircraft executed a Mach 1. eight MiG-23 "Floggers".  The flight computer was updated to control the zoom-climb and missile release. D and E models to the Persian Gulf in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm where they accounted for 36 of the 39 Air Force air-to-air victories. hunting modified SCUD missile launchers and artillery sites using the LANTIRN system. and two Mi-8 helicopters. rather than actively trying to engage U. aircraft. ASM-135 ASAT test launch from F-15A 76-0084 became the first and only pilot to destroy a satellite. two F-15As were used as launch platforms for the ASAT missile. "Doug" Pearson. one Pilatus PC-9 trainer. The F-15As (76-0084 and 76-0086 ) were modified to carry one ASM-135 on the centerline station with extra equipment within a special centerline pylon.8 g climb at 65° to release the ASAT missile at an altitude of 38100 ft (11600 m). which was successfully destroyed by kinetic energy.  Gulf war and aftermath The USAF deployed F-15C. USAF Major Wilbert D. The Soviet Union could correlate a U. Shield. 3. one KC-135 for refueling during Operation Desert Il-76 cargo plane.
Air Force after a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C came apart in flight and crashed on 2 November 2007. Air Force reported on 28 November 2007 that a critical location in the upper longerons on the F-15C model was suspected of causing the failure. and there has been speculation that this was intended to demonstrate to the US Congress the need to not cancel further USAF F-15 Eagle video . The results have been widely publicized. engineering reviews and any needed repairs. and Alaska to depend on Canadian Forces' support. Operation Allied Force. Recent service An earlier variant of the Indian Sukhoi Su-30MKI. the USAF aircraft were handicapped by not being allowed to use their long-range radars. Structural defects All F-15 aircraft were grounded by the U.S. and recent air expeditionary force deployments. Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey. W. In a report released on 10 January 2008.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 8 They have since been deployed to support Operation Southern Watch. The accident review board report was released on 10 January 2008. The newer F-15E fleet was later cleared for continued operations. where USAF F-15 Eagles were pitted against Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30MKs. In 1994. the patrolling of the No-Fly Zone in Southern Iraq. The report stated that analysis of the F-15C wreckage determined that the longeron did not meet drawing specifications. On 8 January 2008.S. ACC also recommended release of other U. MiG-29s and elderly MiG-21. ACC cleared all its grounded F-15A-D fighters for flight pending inspections. It also recommended a limited return to flight for units worldwide using the affected models. F-15A-D aircraft. in support of NATO operations in Bosnia. two U. The U. took part in war games with the United States Air Force (USAF) during Cope-India 04. which led to fatigue cracks and finally a catastrophic failure of the remaining support structures and breakup of the aircraft in flight.S. to separate from the airframe.S. However. including the cockpit and radome. The grounding of F-15s received media attention as it began to place strains on the nation's air defense efforts." On 15 February 2008. USAF F-15Cs shot down four Yugoslav MiG-29s using AIM-120 missiles during NATO's 1999 intervention in Kosovo. with the Indians winning "90% of the mock combat missions". F-15D from the 325th Fighter Wing based in Tyndall AFB. nine other F-15s were identified to have similar problems in the longeron. releasing flares F-15A through D-model aircraft were ordered grounded until the location received more detailed inspections and repairs as needed. General John D. Mirage 2000s. causing the fuselage forward of the air intakes. The grounding forced some states to rely on their neighbors' fighter jets for air defense protection. the Su-30MK. Corley stated that "the long-term future of the F-15 is in question. As a result of these problems. the USAF Air Combat Command (ACC) cleared a portion of its F-15A through D-model fleet for return to flying status. Army UH-60 Black Hawks were downed by USAF F-15Cs who thought they were Iraq Hinds in the Northern no-fly zone of Iraq in a friendly fire incident.
McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle production of the next-generation F-22 Raptor. F-15D Two-seat training version. 483 built 1979-85. considered as "riskier" technology program: F-14 Tomcat. The USAF will upgrade 178 F-15Cs with the AN/APG-63(V)3 AESA radar. an Oregon National Guard aircraft. 384 built 1972-79. F-15DJ Two-seat training version for the Japan Air Self-Defence Force. no air superiority versions of the F-15 (A/B/C/D models) have ever been shot down by enemy forces. Navy as an alternative to the heavier and. The last 43 F-15Cs are being upgraded with AN/APG-70 radar. 2 built in St. 9 Variants Basic models F-15A Single-seat all-weather air-superiority fighter version. 61 built 1972-79. On 13 October 2009. The F-15E. F-15J Single-seat all-weather air-superiority fighter version for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force 139 built under license in Japan by Mitsubishi 1981-97. F-15B Two-seat training version. the last F-15A. formerly designated TF-15A. F-15N Sea Eagle The F-15N was a carrier-capable variant proposed in the early 1970s to the U. however. The Air Force will keep 178 F-15Cs as well as the 224 F-15Es in service beyond 2025. While participating in the Red Flag advanced combat training exercises in the US in 2008. These featured folding wingtips. reinforced landing gear and a stronger tail hook for shipboard operation. The F-15N-PHX was another proposed naval version capable of carrying the AIM-54 Phoenix missile. Over half of F-15 kills were achieved by Israeli Air Force pilots. Improved single-seat all-weather air-superiority fighter version. F-16C. was retired marking the end of service for the earlier A/B models in the United States. Louis. 92 built 1979-85. 12 built in St. 25 Built under license in Japan by Mitsubishi 1981-97. .S. F-15E Strike Eagle A view of an F-15E cockpit from an aerial refueling tanker. Louis. The F-15C/D model is being supplanted in U.S. The F-15 in all air forces had an air-to-air combined record of 104 kills to 0 losses in air combat as of February 2008. service by the F-22 Raptor. and upgrade other F-15s with the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System. at the time. will remain in service for years to come because of their different air-to-ground role and the lower number of hours on their airframes. the F-15E. which was an issue tabled at the congress at that time. and F-22 deployed by the USAF maintained dominance over the Indian SU-30s. F-15C USAF F-15C fires an AIM-7 Sparrow in 2005. To date.
F-15 Flight Research Facility (71-0281 and 71-0287) Two F-15A aircraft were acquired in 1976 for use by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center for numerous experiments such as: Highly Integrated Digital Electronic Control (HiDEC). In the late 1980s it received canard flight surfaces in addition to its usual horizontal tail. F-15B Research Testbed (74-0141) Acquired in 1993. with the Quiet Spike attachment designed to reduce and control a sonic boom. it was an F-15B modified and used by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center for flight tests. It was delivered to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in December 1980. F-15 S/MTD (71-0290) The first F-15B was converted into a short takeoff and landing. NASA's F-15B Research Testbed. Adaptive Engine Control System (ADECS). along with square thrust-vectoring nozzles. demonstrated the fighter's acceleration – broke eight time-to-climb world records between 16 January and 1 February 1975. F-15B 71-0290 was the oldest F-15 still flying when retired in January 2009. . 71-0281. Self-Repairing and Self-Diagnostic Flight Control System (SRFCS) and Propulsion Controlled Aircraft System (PCA). the second flight-test F-15A. F-15 IFCS (71-0290) The F-15 ACTIVE was then converted into an intelligent flight control systems research aircraft. F-15 ACTIVE (71-0290) The F-15 S/MTD was later converted into an advanced flight control technology research aircraft with thrust vectoring nozzles. maneuver technology demonstrator aircraft. but the NASA ACTIVE experimental aircraft was never modified to be tailless. aircraft #836 (74-0141). was returned to the Air Force and became a static display at Langley AFB in 1983. It was used as a short-takeoff/maneuver-technology (SMTD) demonstrator. F-15 MANX Concept name for a tailless variant of the F-15 ACTIVE.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 10 Research and test F-15 Streak Eagle (72-0119) One stripped and unpainted F-15A.
Kokudan (Air Wing). United States • United States Air Force operated 630 F-15 aircraft (499 in active duty and 131 in ANG. Current operators of the F-15 in light blue. II and III. equipping 133 Squadron. Kokudan. take off in formation during in U. Tsuiki AB. the Air Self-Defense Force decided to upgrade certain F-15 aircraft with synthetic aperture radar pods. This limitation was later abandoned. The IAF had 42 F-15A/C. Japan • Japan Air Self-Defence Force acquired 203 F-15Js and 20 F-15DJs from 1981. Saudi Arabia • Royal Saudi Air Force has operated 4 squadrons of F-15C/D (55/19) since 1981. These aircraft are currently operated by 2 Hikotai (squadron) of 2. Japan Air F-15Js and 12 F-15DJs were made Self-Defense Force.S. received under Peace Fox I. under license. They are based at Dhahran. A stipulation in the Camp David Peace Agreement limited the number of Saudi F-15 to 60. all variants) as of September 2008. Hyakuri AB and 1 Hikotai of 8. The first 25 F-15A/Bs were early USAF production airframes. Kokudan. 2 Hikotais of 7. Nyutabaru AB. Kokudan. Komatsu AB. of which 2 Two F-15J Eagles of the 202nd TFS. In June 2007. Bold are active units. 15 F-15B/D. These aircraft are currently organized into two F-15A/B squadrons and one F-15C/D squadron.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 11 Operators Israel • Israeli Air Force has operated F-15s since 1977. 1 Hikotai of 5. these aircraft will replace RF-4 aircraft currently in service. The RSAF had 139 F-15C/S and 22 F-15D Eagles in operation as of November 2008. and the rest by Mitsubishi a joint USA/Japan exercise. F-15E in red. received under Peace Sun. both in dark blue . Kokudan. 1 Hikotai of 6. and 25 F-15I aircraft in service as of November 2008. Japan had 157 F-15Js and 45 F-15DJs in use as of November 2008. The second batch was temporarily embargoed as a result of the 1982 Lebanon War. Khamis Mushayt and Taif air bases. Chitose Air Base. holding surplus air frames in Luke AFB for RSAF pilot training.
Florida • • • 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron.Jacksonville International Airport/Jacksonville ANGB Air Combat Command • 1st Fighter Wing .RAF Lakenheath.Hickam AFB • • • 199th Fighter Squadron Louisiana Air National Guard • 159th Fighter Wing .Tyndall AFB. The F-15 entered a spin after the collision.Mountain Home AFB.Elmendorf AFB.Nellis AFB.Barnes Municipal Airport/Barnes ANGB • • • 131st Fighter Squadron Montana Air National Guard • 120th Fighter Wing . Florida • 58th Fighter Squadron • 59th Fighter Squadron • 60th Fighter Squadron 49th Fighter Wing . He was later quoted as saying "(I) probably would have ejected if I knew what . The F-15 landed at twice the normal speed to maintain the necessary lift.Great Falls International Airport/Great Falls ANGB • • 186th Fighter Squadron Oregon Air National Guard • • 142d Fighter Wing . an F-15D collided with an A-4 Skyhawk.Kadena AB. the right wing of the Eagle was sheared off roughly two feet (60 cm) from the fuselage. Nevada • 65th Aggressor Squadron • 433d Weapons Squadron 366th Fighter Wing . Nevada 57th Wing . Zivi managed to bring his F-15 to a complete stop approximately 20 ft (6 m) from the end of the runway. during an Israeli Air Force training dogfight. Zivi decided to attempt recovery and engaged afterburner to increase speed. Unknown to pilot Zivi Nedivi and his copilot. allowing him to regain control of the aircraft. Alaska • 12th Fighter Squadron • 19th Fighter Squadron • 43d Fighter Squadron • 54th Fighter Squadron 18th Wing .Eglin AFB. the stabilators and remaining wing areas.Eglin Air Force Base.Holloman AFB. and its tailhook was torn off completely during the landing. Virginia • 27th Fighter Squadron • 71st Fighter Squadron • 94th Fighter Squadron 33d Fighter Wing . The pilot was able to prevent stalling and maintain control because of the lift generated by the large horizontal surface area of the fuselage. Japan • • • 12th Fighter Squadron • 44th Fighter Squadron • 67th Fighter Squadron United States Air Forces in Europe • 48th Fighter Wing . Florida • • 1st Fighter Squadron • 2d Fighter Squadron • 95th Fighter Squadron Pacific Air Forces • 3d Wing . Nellis AFB.NAS/JRB New Orleans • • • 122d Fighter Squadron Massachusetts Air National Guard • 104th Fighter Wing .Langley AFB. New Mexico • 7th Fighter Squadron • 8th Fighter Squadron • 9th Fighter Squadron 53d Wing . Idaho • • 159th Fighter Squadron Hawaii Air National Guard • 154th Wing .Kingsley Field • 114th Fighter Squadron • • • 390th Fighter Squadron Air Education and Training Command • 325th Fighter Wing .Portland International Airport/Portland ANGS • 123d Fighter Squadron  173d Fighter Wing . England • 493d Fighter Squadron Notable accidents and incidents • On 1 May 1983.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle  12 • Active Duty • • Air National Guard • Florida Air National Guard • 125th Fighter Wing .
 • On 22 November 1995. World's Aircraft. The accident investigation report released 25 August 2008 found that the accident was the result of pilot error and not mechanical failure.  • On 19 March 1990. the F-15's manufacturer. Louis. during air-intercept training over the Sea of Japan. Tucker Hamilton collided over the Gulf of Mexico during a training mission. Joseph Reynes Jr. a Japanese F-15J flown by Lt.    Jane's All the 2002. 33rd Fighter Wing. the injured pilot. during a low flying training exercise over the Scottish Highlands. In March 2008.6 root. and on the following day. ejected but suffered serious injuries. The pilot. On 3 November 2007. a 27-year-old F-15C (s/n 80-0034 of the 131st Fighter Wing) crashed during air combat maneuvering training near St.  Davies GlobalSecurity General characteristics • Crew: 1 • Length: 63 ft 9 in (19. Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth John Hyvonen and Captain Kirk Jones died in the accident which would later result in a court martial for an RAF air traffic controller. F-15Es were cleared on 15 November 2007 pending aircraft passing inspections. who was later found not guilty. midair impact according to Brig. two US Air Force F-15Cs crashed near the summit of Ben Macdui in the Cairngorms. grounded non-mission critical F-15s engaged in combat missions in the Middle East. AK accidentally fired an AIM-9M Sidewinder missile at another F-15. Both F-15Js involved were from JASDF 303rd Squadron. Stilwell. the accident review board released its report stating the 2 November crash was related to the longeron not meeting drawing specifications. the leader of the investigation team. Both pilots ejected and were rescued. Stilwell. filed a lawsuit against Boeing." The fuel leak and vapors along the wing had prevented him from seeing what had happened to the wing itself. Ali Jivanjee and Capt. The damaged aircraft was able to make an emergency landing. Gen. Maj. By 13 November 2007 over 1.63 m) • Wing area: 608 ft² (56. two F-15s from 58th Fighter Squadron. reviews and any needed repairs. Tatsumi Higuchi was shot down by a AIM-9L Sidewinder missile accidentally fired by his wingman in an incident similar to the one that occurred on 19 March 1990. an F-15 from the 3rd Wing stationed at Elmendorf AFB. On 10 January 2008. it was subsequently repaired and returned to service. Komatsu AFB.43 m) • Wingspan: 42 ft 10 in (13. • On 2 November 2007. • On 26 March 2001. all non-mission critical models of the F-15 were grounded pending the outcome of the crash investigation.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle had happened. Missouri.100 were grounded worldwide after Israel. Japan and Saudi Arabia grounded their aircraft as well. flown by Lt.700 kg) . • On 20 February 2008. the USAF cleared 60 percent of the F-15A-D fleet for return to flight. The Air Force cleared all its grounded F-15A-D fighters for flight on 15 February 2008 pending inspections. NACA 64A203 tip • Empty weight: 28. Both. On 8 January 2008. but one died later from his injuries. Stephen W. The crash was the result of an in-flight breakup due to structural failure. The pilot ejected safely.000 lb (12.05 m) • Height: 18 ft 6 in (5. Both pilots failed to clear their flight paths and anticipate their impending high-aspect.5 m²) • Airfoil: NACA 64A006. 13 Specifications (F-15C Eagle) Data from USAF fact sheet..
0 kN for -229) each 14 Performance • Maximum speed: • High altitude: Mach 2.62 kN) each • Thrust with afterburner: 25.1 lb/ft² (358 kg/m²) Thrust/weight: 1.2 kN for -220. 129.12 (-220).845 kg) • Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney F100-100.650+ mph.660+ km/h) • Low altitude: Mach 1.000 nmi.500 lb (20.000 lb (7. all have been retrofitted to the AN/APG-63(V)1 configuration • Raytheon AN/APG-63(V)1 or • Raytheon AN/APG-63(V)2 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) or • Raytheon AN/APG-63(V)3 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) • Both active AF and ANG F-15Cs will receive another (up to) 48 V3 units between 2009-2015. 1.000 lb (30.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle • Loaded weight: 44.967 km) for interdiction mission Ferry range: 3. 1.061 nmi (1.000 ft (20.2 (900 mph.450 lbf (77.000 lbf for -220.300 kg) • Missiles: • AIM-7 Sparrow • AIM-120 AMRAAM • AIM-9 Sidewinders Avionics • Radar: • Raytheon AN/APG-63 or AN/APG-70 or • Although several F-15C aircraft were produced with APG-70 radar.5+ (1. optional fuselage pylons with a capacity of 16. 2. centerline station. • Countermeasures: • AN/APX-76 or AN/APX-119 Identify Friend/Foe (IFF) interrogator • Magnavox AN/ALQ-128 Electronic Warfare Warning Set (EWWS) -part of Tactical Electronic Warfare Systems (TEWS) • Loral AN/ALR-56 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)-part of Tactical Electronic Warfare Systems (TEWS) An F-15 with intake ramps in different positions . -220 or -229 afterburning turbofans • Dry thrust: 17.450 km/h) Combat radius: 1. 5. 29.222 mi.000 lbf for -229 (111.000 m) Rate of climb: >50. two wing stations.200 kg) • Max takeoff weight: 68.787 in) M61A1 gatling gun.550 km) with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks Service ceiling: 65.000 ft/min (254 m/s) Wing loading: 73. 1. over the existing 19 aircraft. 940 rounds • Hardpoints: four wing.30 (-229) • • • • • • Armament • Guns: 1× internally mounted 20 mm (0.450 mi (3. four fuselage.
books and both animated television series and animated films. Fighter Wing (1995). 15 Notable appearances in media The F-15 was the subject of the IMAX movie Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag. though incorrectly describes the breakaway altitude as over 94. about the RED FLAG exercises. and a fictional likeness of an aircraft similar to the F-15 has been used in cartoons.part of Tactical Electronic Warfare Systems (TEWS) • AN/ALE-45 chaff/flare dispensers • Others: • Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System • MXU-648 Cargo/Travel Pod . Clancy's Red Storm Rising depicts the F-15 as an anti-satellite missile launcher.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle • Northrop ALQ-135 Internal Countermeasures System (ICS) . the F-15 Eagle and its capabilities are showcased. and small pieces of maintenance equipment. See also • 4th generation jet fighter Related development • McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle • McDonnell Douglas F-15 STOL/MTD • Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle Comparable aircraft • • • • Grumman F-14 Tomcat Mikoyan MiG-29M Panavia Tornado ADV Sukhoi Su-27/Shenyang J-11 Related lists • List of fighter aircraft • List of active United States military aircraft . The F-15 has also been popular subject as a toy.000 ft. In Tom Clancy's nonfiction Pratt & Whitney F100 turbofan engines of an book.to carry personal belongings. a detailed analysis of the Air Force's F-15C Eagle premier fighter aircraft. well above the F-15's service ceiling.
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