McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle (Fighter)

General Information

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MAKE: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
NUMBER BUILT: 1500+
MISSION: Fighter
NICKNAME: Eagle
Located in Hangar 79

Background

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.

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.

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Characteristics

CONTRACTOR: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
DATE DEPLOYED: First flight, July 1972; Operational November 1974
PROPULSION: Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofans
SPAN: 42 feet 10 inches (13.05 m)
LENGTH: 63 feet 9 inches (233.2 m)
HEIGHT: 18 feet 5 inches (67.4 m)
WEIGHT: 68,000 lbs (30844.3 kg)
MAXIMUM SPEED: Mach 2.5
CRUISING SPEED: Sub-Mach
SERVICE CEILING: 65,000 feet (19.8 km)
RANGE: 2,500 miles (4023.4 km) with external tanks
CREW: One Pilot
ARMAMENT: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling cannon with 940 rounds,various hardpoint and missile loadouts

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