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F-15 Eagle

The F-15 Eagle is an air-to-air fighter jet (for air-defence). The F-15 has been developed to penetrate enemy air defence and shoot down each other fighter jet. With his high maneuverability it can make turns without losing speed and is superior in air combat. The F-15 was for a long time an Americans important fighter jet in air-to-air combat. The US F-15's are called the "Golden Eagles". The F-15 will be partially replaced by the most modern fighter jet; the F-22 Raptor. The F-15 can only be armored with air-to-air missiles like the AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM.
The F-15 is in service by the United States Air Fore, Israel, Japan, Saudi-Arabia and South-Korea.
Israel uses 2 versions where of the second is a modernized version of the F-15 block 50. More info on Israeli fighter jets.

The F-15C uses a Doppler radar to detect Aircraft beneath and upper himself. When enemy aircraft comes close they will be automatically shown at the head-up display.

The F-15C has: a head-up display, UHF communication, tactical navigation system, a tactical electronic warfare system, Identification Friend of Foe (IFF) system and a central digital computer.


The F-15 can carry a various weapon arsenal like Sparrow, AIM-120 and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles. The control is mounted on the engine control stick so when the pilot change from weapon system the new information appears directly at his head-up display.

United States

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the main operator of the F-15C with some 396 fighter jets. The Air National Guard has 126. F-15C pilots, technicians and other ground crew are - on low scale - being trained for the new F-22A Raptor which will replace the F-15C up to a remaining feet of approximately 190 F-15C jets.

Difference with other fighter jets

During the exercise Cope India 04 on the Indian AFB Gwalior, six American F-15C from Elmendorf AFB fought against Indian fighter jets. The Indian Su-30K's were better than de American F-15's in close combat.


Design organisation McDonnell Douglas Corp.
Main secundary design organisations  
Production organisaton  
Primary task  
Type aircraft Air-to-air
Specials 3th generation Fighter Jet
Length 19.44 meters
Height 5.60 meters
Wingspan 13 meters
Wing surface  
Aspect ratio  
Sweep back  
Engines 2x F100-PW-100, 220 or 229 turbofan with afterburner
Thrust 23,450 pounds each engine
Weight (empty) 14379 kgs
Weight (start, maximum, MTOW) 30,844 kgs / 68,000 pounds
Weight (landing, maximum)  
Required runway length (start)  
Required runway length (landing)  
Cruise speed  
Maximum speed 1,875 mph / Mach 2
Ceiling 65,000 ft / 19,812 meters
Maximum range 3,000 nautical miles (5556 km) (incl. external fuel tanks)
Fuel capacity 16420 kgs (incl. 3 external fuel tanks)
Air-to-air-refueling capability Yes
Passengers None
Payload None
Armament Possible combination of:

- M61-A1 20mm internal board canon
- AIM-7
- 4x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder
- 8x AIM-120 AMRAAM
Maximum weapon load  
Maximum G resistance  
Radar - APG-63(V)1, 2 and 3
- APG-70

Possible combination of:

- ALR-65C Radar Warning Receiver
- ALQ-135 countermeasure

Avionics Possible combination of:

- Joint Helmted Mounted Cueing System
- Doppler radar
Type flight controls  
Landing gear  
Versions F-15A, F-15B, F-15C, F-15D
Manufactured 829
Crew F-15A/C: 1
F-15B/D: 2
Costs F-15A/B: 27.9 million dollar (FY 98)
F-15C/D: 29.9 million dollar (FY 98)
Overall flight hours 4000 hours (original)
8000 hours (C/D version)
First flight F-15A: Juli 1972
F-15B: Juli 1973
First delivery November 1974 (F-15B)
1979 (F-15C en D)
Operational since Januari 1976
Successor of  
Replaced by F-22
Comparable aircraft Mirage 2000, Tornado,
Operators (current and future) Israel, Japan, Saudi-Arabia. South-Korea, United States
Main operators United States Air Force
Amphibious usage No
Status In operational service

Israel   United States
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Last updated: 1 April 2018