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McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle

Photo ID 28948 by Brian Lockett. USA NACA McDonnell Douglas F 15A Eagle, 71 0281
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.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: July 27, 1972
  • Initial Service Date: January 1976
  • No. Built: 384
  • No. In Service: 85
  • No. of Hardpoints: 7
  • Crew: 1

Power:

2 Pratt & Whitney F100-100 afterburning turbofans at 25,000 lbf

Weapons:

1 internally mounted 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 gatling gun, 940 rounds
4x AIM-7 Sparrow
4x AIM-120 AMRAAM
4x AIM-9 Sidewinders, or a combination of AIM-9L/M, AIM-7-F/M and AIM-120 missiles

Dimensions:

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:56,000 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:16,000 lbs
Internal Fuel:11,635 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,650 mph
Cruise Speed:570 mph
Service Ceiling:65,000 ft.
Normal Range:1,061 nm
Max. Range:3,450 nm

Operators:

United States Air Force, Israeli Air Force

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