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Boeing F-15 C/D Eagle

bOEING F-15 EAGLE

Air superiority fighter, multirole combat aircraft

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The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas

Boeing F-15 Eagle

In January 1965, Secretary McNamara asked the Air Force to consider a new low-cost tactical fighter design for short-range roles and close air support to replace several types like the F-100 Super Sabre and various light bombers then in service. Several existing designs could fill this role; the Navy favored the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and LTV A-7 Corsair II, which were pure attack aircraft, while the Air Force was more interested in the Northrop F-5 fighter with a secondary attack capability. The A-4 and A-7 were more capable in the attack role, while the F-5 less so, but could defend itself. If the Air Force chose a pure attack design, maintaining air superiority would be a priority for a new airframe. The next month, a report on light tactical aircraft suggested the Air Force purchase the F-5 or A-7, and consider a new higher-performance aircraft to ensure its air superiority. This point was reinforced after the loss of two Republic F-105 Thunderchief aircraft to obsolete MiG-17s on 4 April 1965

Design

The F-15 has an all-metal semi-monocoque fuselage with a large-cantilever, shoulder-mounted wing. The wing planform of the F-15 suggests a modified cropped delta shape with a leading-edge sweepback angle of 45°. Ailerons and a simple high-lift flap are located on the trailing edge. No leading-edge maneuvering flaps are used. This complication was avoided by the combination of low wing loading and fixed leading-edge camber that varies with spanwise position along the wing. Airfoil thickness ratios vary from 6% at the root to 3% at the tip

Boeing F-15 Eagle

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RoleAir superiority fightermultirole combat aircraft
National originUnited States
ManufacturerMcDonnell Douglas
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
First flight27 July 1972; 48 years ago
Introduction9 January 1976; 45 years ago
StatusIn service
Primary usersUnited States Air Force
Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Royal Saudi Air Force
Israeli Air Force
Produced1972–present
Number builtF-15A/B/C/D/J/DJ: 1,198[1]
VariantsMcDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
McDonnell Douglas F-15 STOL/MTD
Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle
Mitsubishi F-15J

Development

The F-15 can trace its origins to the early Vietnam War, when the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy fought each other over future tactical aircraft. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara was pressing for both services to use as many common aircraft as possible, even if performance compromises were involved. As part of this policy, the USAF and Navy had embarked on the TFX (F-111) program, aiming to deliver a medium-range interdiction aircraft for the Air Force that would also serve as a long-range interceptor aircraft for the Navy.[5

Specifications (F-15C) Data from The Great Book of Modern Warplanes,

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 63 ft 9 in (19.43 m)
  • Wingspan: 42 ft 10 in (13.06 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
  • Wing area: 608 sq ft (56.5 m2)
  • Empty weight: 28,000 lb (12,701 kg)
  • Gross weight: 44,500 lb (20,185 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 68,000 lb (30,844 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 13,455 lb (6,103 kg) internal[134]
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 afterburning turbofans, 14,590 lbf (64.9 kN) thrust each dry, 23,770 lbf (105.7 kN) with afterburner

Specifications (F-15C)

Performance

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.5 (1,650 mph, 2,655 km/h) at high altitude
    • Mach 1.2, 800 kn (921 mph; 1,482 km/h) at sea level
  • Combat range: 1,061 nmi (1,221 mi, 1,965 km) for interdiction mission
  • Ferry range: 3,000 nmi (3,500 mi, 5,600 km) with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks
  • Service ceiling: 65,000 ft (20,000 m)
  • g limits: +9
  • Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (250 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 73.1 lb/sq ft (357 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.07 (1.26 with loaded weight and 50% internal fuel)

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