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F-15 'EAGLE'

McDonnell Douglas F-15 'Eagle', RIAT 2007 - pic by Nigel Key
McDonnell Douglas F-15 'Eagle', RIAT 2007 ©Nigel Key

ROLE
Air Superiority Fighter.

FIRST FLIGHT
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.

PRODUCTION
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle was produced from 1972 to present, with over 1,100 built.

ENGINES
2 x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220s, producing 47,660 lb st.

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ARMAMENT
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)


PHOTOGRAPHS

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