F-15 Eagle

Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
Designation: F-15
Version:  
Nickname: Eagle
Type: Fighter
First Flew: July 27, 1972
Cost: $10,890,000 (original cost)
Specifications
Length: 63 ft. 9 in. M
Height: 18 ft. 7 1/2 in M
Span: 42 ft. 9 3/4 in   M
Empty Weight:   Kg
Gross Weight:    
Max Weight: between 56,000 and 81,000 lbs, depending on the model  
Propulsion
No. of Engines: 2
Powerplant: Pratt and Whitney F-100-PW-100 engines
Horsepower (each):  
Performance
Range:   3,450 statute miles/2,998 nautical miles with external tanks   Km
Cruise Speed: mph Km/H   Kt
Max Speed: Over 1,600  Mph   Km/H   1,390 Kt
Climb: Ft/min   M/min
Ceiling:   65,000 Ft   M

 

The United States Air Force F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, high-performance,
all-weather fighter designed to seize and hold air superiority by sweeping the
skies of all opposing forces. Entering the United State Air Force inventory on
November 14, 1974 the F-15 was the pinnacle of aviation technology for the last
quarter of the 20th century. Capable of flight at greater than Mach 2.5 the
Eagle was the first U.S. fighter to have less than a one to one thrust to weight
ratio. The extraordinary power provided by the two Pratt & Whitney F100
axial-flow turbofan engines, equiped with afterburners, gave the sleek fighter
the phenomenal ability to maintain acceleration while in a vertical climb. The
F-15 can climb 50,000 feet in less than 60 seconds. The relatively low aircraft
weight, compared to wing area, made the Eagle not just fast, but also highly
maneuverable, creating a near perfect platform for air-to-air combat.

Produced in both single and two-seat varriants the F-15's complex avionatics
includes the sosphisticated APG-63/70 Pulse-Doppler radar system allowing the
aircraft to acquire and track targets at distances greater than 120 nautical
miles. The F-15 can be armed with a number of different weapons packages
depending upon the intended mission. In the air-to-air role, the Eagle's
internal M61A1 20 mm Gatling gun can be agumented by radar-guided AIM-7F/M
Sparrow missiles and/or AIM-120 AMRAAM Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles
as well as heat-seeking AIM-9L/M Sidewinders. In the ground attack mode the
aircrafts ability to carry 16,000 pounds provides for a wide array of ordinance
options.

In 1991 USAF F-15's deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation
Desert Storm accounted for 36 of the 39 Air Force air-to-air victories. Two-seat
F-15E Strike Eagles were used with great success to search out and destroy
"Scud" ballistic missile launchers and concealed artillery sites.

Expected to serve in the United States Air force until 2025 the F-15, with
its record of 100 aerial victories without a single loss in conflicts from the
Persian Gulf to Kosovo, is one of the most successful fighters in history of
aviation.

The Museum's F-15

On display is the F-15, S/N 76-0008, and this aircraft is on loan from the
U.S. Air Force. It arrived at the museum on 11 May 2006 from Sheppard Air Force
Base, TX, where it served as a training aircraft.