The F-15 is one of the best fighters around today, yet it was introduced in 1972. This Cold War warrior was made to counter the news of a new Russian Mig, the Mig 25. Fortunately the end result was much better than that particular Mig ever turned out to be. The F-15 was a true revolution in fighter design for the western world. It was faster, more aerodynamic, and better in almost every way than the F-4 it replaced.
The F-15 was the first US fighter to use advanced electronics such as fly by wire, and a pulse Doppler radar. It also has a very high thrust to weight ratio, which makes it very fast and maneuverable with a tight turning radius. This aircraft also has a HUD, Ultra High frequency communications, and many other advanced features. It is also unique in its multi-mission capability.
The F-15 will soon be replaced, in the US, by the F-22. It will slowly be phased out completely by about 2013. Yet many other countries, including Israel use the F-15 and the years this great plane has been in service will be considered a success.
|Contractor:||McDonnell Douglas Corp. (owned by Boeing)|
|Power Plant:||2 P & W F100-PW-220 or 229 turbofans w/ ab w/ 23,450 lbs of thrust each|
|Max Weight:||68,000 lb.|
|Range:||Unlimited w/ air refueling, 3,450 on internal & external tanks|
|Armament:||M-61A1 internal 6 barrel 20mm cannon, 4 Aim9 sidewinder & 4 aim7 Sparrow, or 8 Aim120 Amraam|
|Deployment Date:||July 1972|