The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed for air superiority in aerial combat. Developed for the United States Air Force, it first flew in July 1972, and is one of the most recognized modern fighters. Future development lead to the C, D and E versions as well as the J, K and S models for Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia respectively.
The F-15 has an all-metal semi-monocoque fuselage with a large cantilever shoulder-mounted wing. The empennage is all-metal twin fins and rudders with all-moving composite horizontal tail surfaces outboard of the fins. The F-15 has a spine-mounted air brake and retractable tricycle landing gear. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100 axial-flow turbofan engines with afterburners mounted side-by-side in the fuselage. The cockpit is mounted high in the forward fuselage with a one-piece windscreen and large canopy to increase visibility.
Inital improvements to the F-15 with the C and D variants included the internal carriage of a extra 2000 lbs of fuel, the ability to carry the Conformal fuel tank (rarely fitted in practise) and the strengthening of the undercarriage and airframe to allow for the increased aircraft weight. With the Multi Stage Improvement Programme introduced from fiscal year 1984 machines, the original APG-63 radar was replaced during production by the APG-70 and this was followed by the APG-63(V1), which was refitted to older surviving airframes.
- Country of Origin: United States
- First Flight: February 26, 1979
- Initial Service Date: September 1979
- No. Built: 483
- No. In Service: 337 (approx.)
- No. of Hardpoints: 7
- Crew: 1
2× Pratt & Whitney F100-100, -220 or -229 afterburning turbofans at 25,000/29000 lbf
Internally mounted 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 gatling gun, 940 rounds.
4 AIM-7 Sparrow on fuselage corner stations.
Upto 8 AIM-120 AMRAAM on fuselage and/or wing stations.
Upto 4 AIM-9 Sidewinders on wing stations.
|Length:||63 ft. 9 in.|
|Wing Span:||42 ft. 10 in.|
|Wing Area:||608 sq.ft|
|Height:||18 ft. 6 in.|
|Empty Weight:||28,000 lbs|
|Max. Weight:||68,000 lbs|
|Max. Ordnance Load:||16,000 lbs|
|Internal Fuel:||13,455 lbs||
|Max. Speed:||1,650 mph|
|Cruise Speed:||570 mph|
|Service Ceiling:||65,000 ft.|
|Normal Range:||1,061 nm|
|Max. Range:||3,450 nm|
United States Air Force, Israeli Air Force, Royal Saudi Arabia Air Force
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