F-15A “Eagle”

News, Plane of the Week July 6, 2017

McDonnell Douglas F-15A-19-MC “Eagle”
S/N 77-0090

Crew:   One
Engines:   Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofans; 23,950lbs thrust each in afterburner
Wingspan:   42 ft 9 3/4 in
Length:   63 ft 9 in
Height:   18 ft 5 1/2 in
Weight:   empty: 27,000 lbs; max: 56,000 lbs
Speed:   max: 1,650 mph (Mach 2.5); cruise: 570 mph
Range:   3,450 miles with external fuel tanks
Service Ceiling:   65,000 ft
Armament:   One 20mm rotary cannon; 4 AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles; 4 AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles; up to 15,000 lbs external ordnance
Cost:   $10,890,000

The F-15A was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas and accepted by the United States Air Force in October 1978. The aircraft was then assigned in November 1978 to the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron of the US Air Forces Europe at Soesterberg Air Base in The Netherlands.

In July 1980 the aircraft was transferred to the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing of the Tactical Air Command at Eglin Air Force Base. The 57th Fighter Weapons Wing at Nellis Air Force Base took possession of the aircraft in November 1982. In February 1984 the 405th Tactical Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base got the aircraft.

The aircraft was assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall Air Force Base in February 1992. It was first assigned to the 95th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron but was later moved to the 1st Fighter Squadron. In early 1994, the F-15 was retired, logging 3,500 flight hours. It was refurbished for static display by personnel of the 653rd Combat Logistics Squadron Support at Warner Robins Air Logistic Center at Robins Air Force Base. The aircraft arrived at the Hill Aerospace Museum in late March 1994.

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