McDonnell Douglas F-15A "Eagle"

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McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle

The USAF selected the McDonnell Douglas F-15 in December 1969 to meet its requirement for a new all-weather tactical aircraft. It was designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat and to outperform and outfight any current or projected enemy aircraft. It was the first USAF fighter designed with an advanced guidance system that displayed steering/weapon system information on a computer screen for the pilot. The first U.S. operational aircraft whose engine thrust power exceeds the aircraft’s loaded weight, permitting it to accelerate while in a vertical climb. The first flight of the F-15A was on July 27, 1972.

During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991 and in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, the F-15 provided a defensive umbrella that permitted the deployment of air, land, and sea assets into Iraq and accounted for the majority of the air-to-air kills against Iraqi aircraft. This aircraft was flown by Capt Cesar A. Rodriguez in combat during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in January 1991. He was credited with two air-to-air kills of a MiG-29 and MiG-23. Both credits are represented as blue stars painted below the left side of the cockpit. The official aircraft emblem of “Let’s Roll,” relating to the 9/11 attack on America in 2001, was applied in 2002 as a tribute to those who died during the attack.

The aircraft on display is actually an F-15A, Serial No. 71-0280, but painted and marked to depict an F-15C, Serial No. 85-114, assigned to the 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 33rd Tactical Fighter Group, in Eglin AFB, Florida, during 1991.


Crew: One pilot
Wing Span: 42 ft 9 1/4 in
Length: 63 ft 9 in
Height: 18 ft 5 1/2 in
Empty Weight: 28,600 lbs
Cruising Speed: 630 mph, 538 knots
Max Level Speed: Mach 2.5+ (1800 mph)
Service Ceiling: 60,000 ft
Powerplant: 2 Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofan engines
Engine Thrust: 28,000 lbs each engine
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