McDonnell Douglas F-15 'Eagle', RIAT 2007 ©Nigel Key
Air Superiority Fighter.
27 July 1972.
The McDonnell F-15 Eagle has an all-metal construction semi-monocoque fuselage and a cantilever shoulder mounted wing swept back at 45 degrees.
The trailing edge contains ailerons and a high-lift flap, the leading edge has fixed camber along the wing.
The tail assembly is of metal and composite construction, with twin honeycomb structure vertical stabilizers with boron-composite skin, resulting in an exceptionally thin tail plane and rudders.
The all-moving tail planes can move independently of each other to provide roll control in some manoeuvers.
The F-15 has a spine-mounted air brake and retractable tricycle landing gear.
The two engines are fitted with afterburners, mounted side-by-side in the fuselage and fed by rectangular inlets with variable intake ramps.
The cockpit is mounted high in the forward fuselage with a one-piece windscreen and large canopy for increased visibility and a 360° field of view for the pilot.
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle was produced from 1972 to present, with over 1,100 built.
2 x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220s, producing 47,660 lb st.
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1 x M61A1 Vulcan 20mm cannon
16,000 lb (7,257 kg) Missile load.
The first F-15 Eagle was delivered to the United States Air Force on 13 November 1974 and the first F-15 to go to a combat squadron was delivered in January 1976.
The F-15 eagle has been credited with over 100 victories in aerial combat with no losses.
|Crew - 1 or 2 in tandem|
|Length - 63ft 9in (19.43m)|
|Wingspan - 42ft 9.75in (13.05m)|
|Height - 18ft 5.5in (5.63m)|
|Empty Weight - 28,600lb (12,973kg)|
|Max. Weight - 68,000lb (30,844kg)|
|Max. Speed - 1,678 mph (2,685 km/h)|
|Range - 1,228 miles (1,965km)|