McDonnel Douglas F-15A Eagle
in Hangar 39
First flight, July 1972
Single-seat all-weather air-superiority fighter
The American military force found itself without an appropriate all-weather fighter during the air war in Vietnam. As an interim measure, the U.S. Air Force ordered their own variant of the Navy's F-4 Phantom II. In 1969, McDonnell Douglas began development of the Air Force's next generation fighter. The resulting design, the F-15 Eagle, was the first production aircraft that produced more thrust than weight.
The Eagle features a heads-up display that is visible in all light conditions and provides the pilot all essential flight information. The advanced pulse-Doppler radar system can detect low-flying targets without confusing them with surface clutter. The radar feeds the target information into the aircraft's central digital computer for weapons delivery. The complete multimission avionics system sets the Eagle apart from other modern fighter aircraft.
Initial deployment of the B-52E in late 1957 was to the 6th Bomb Wing stationed at Walker Air Force Base. Improvements in surface-to-air missile technology during the late 1950s made high-level penetration of enemy airspace increasingly dangerous. Because of this threat, B-52 combat tactics began to change from high-level penetration missions to standoff weapons delivery.
The C, D, and E models served extensively in the Persian Gulf in 1991, with the F-15C fighters accounting for 34 of the 37 Air Force air-to-air victories supporting Operation Desert Storm.
Operational November 1974
Two Pratt &Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofans of 25,000 lb thrust each
63 feet 9 inches (233.2 m)
18 feet 5 inches (67.4 m
68,000 pounds (30844.3 kg)
Mach 2.5 (1,600 mph at 45,000 feet / 2575 km/h at 13.7 km
65,000 feet (19.8 km)
2,500 miles (4023.4 km) with external tanks