McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

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The first F-15A flight was made in July 1972, and the first flight of the two-seat F-15B (formerly TF-15A) trainer was made in July 1973. The first Eagle (F-15B) was delivered in November 1974. In January 1976, the first Eagle destined for a combat squadron was delivered.

The single-seat F-15C and two-seat F-15D models entered the Air Force inventory beginning in 1979. These new models have Production Eagle Package (PEP 2000) improvements, including 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) of additional internal fuel, provision for carrying exterior conformal fuel tanks and increased maximum takeoff weight of up to 68,000 pounds (30,600 kilograms).

The F-15 Multistage Improvement Program was initiated in February 1983, with the first production MSIP F-15C produced in 1985. Improvements included an upgraded central computer; a Programmable Armament Control Set, allowing for advanced versions of the AIM-7, AIM-9, and AIM-120A missiles; and an expanded Tactical Electronic Warfare System that provides improvements to the ALR-56C radar warning receiver and ALQ-135 countermeasure set. The final 43 included a Hughes APG-70 radar.

F-15C, D and E models were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm where they proved their superior combat capability with a confirmed 26:0 kill ratio. F-15 fighters accounted for 36 of the 39 Air Force air-to-air victories. F-15Es were operated mainly at night, hunting SCUD missile launchers and artillery sites using the LANTIRN system.

They have since been deployed to support Operation Southern Watch, the patrolling of the UN-sanctioned no-fly zone in Southern Iraq; Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey; in support of NATO operations in Bosnia, and recent air expeditionary force deployments.
General Characteristics


  • Contractor: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
  • Unit Cost: $15 million
  • Power Plant: Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 or 229 turbofan engines with afterburners
  • Thrust: (C/D models) 23,450 pounds each engine
  • Length: 63.8 feet (19.44 meters)
  • Height: 18.5 feet (5.6 meters)
  • Wingspan: 42.8 feet (13 meters)
  • Maximum Take-Off Weight: C/D models: 68,000 pounds (30,844 kilograms)
  • Speed: Mach 2+
  • Range: 3,450 miles (3,000 nautical miles) ferry range with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks
  • Ceiling: 65,000 feet (19,812 meters)
  • Crew:
    F-15A/C: one
    F-15B/D/E: two
  • Armament: One internally mounted M-61A1 20mm 20-mm, six-barrel cannon with 940 rounds of ammunition
    Four AIM-9L/M Sidewinder and four AIM-7F/M Sparrow air-to-air missiles, or eight AIM-120 AMRAAMs, carried externally
  • Inventory:
    Active force, 423
    Reserve, 0
    ANG, 45
  • Date Deployed: July 1972


--Narrative and Characteristics courtesy of
engage!, 14:17 3/28/2001

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  1. McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle.
  2. TF-15 with modified wingtips.
  3. Wedge-shaped air intake moves up and down according to engine demand.
  4. First production Eagle delivered November 14, 1974.
  5. Courtesy of Airplanes By Name.
  6. Courtesy of Airplanes By Name.
  7. Streak Eagle found via Aviation Museum Links at the USAF Museum at Dayton, Ohio.
  8. S/N 78-468 at the USAF Museum. First production of the Model F-15C.
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