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McDonnell Douglas F-15A
Formation of two F-15As of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing during Operation Ocean Venture. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The F-15A Eagle, developed as an air superiority fighter, was first flown on July 27, 1972, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The USAF received 10 YF-15A prototype aircraft for testing (Category I S/N 71-280 to 289), two TF-15A two-seat trainer aircraft -- later redesignated F-15B (S/N 72-290/291), and eight Category II YF-15As (S/N 72-0113 to 0120). Prototype testing went relatively smoothly; however, notable structural changes included a notched stabilator and raked wingtips for production aircraft.

In the mid-1970s the F-15 was adapted for use in the air-to-ground role. Capable of carrying about seven tons of bombs, it became potent strike aircraft.

The USAF ordered more than 350 A models for operational service. F-15s of various models are used by Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has an F-15A on display in its Cold War Gallery.

Type Number built/
F-15A 384 365 to USAF
F-15B 61 59 to USAF
F-15C 482 409 to USAF
F-15D 93 61 to USAF
F-15E 215* Through FY96

- 19 F-15A to Israel 
- 10 YF-15As produced 
- Two F-15B to Israel 
- Two YF-15Bs produced 
- One YF-15B became YF-15E 
- 18 F-15C to Israel 
- 55 F-15C to Saudi Arabia 
- 13 F-15D to Israel 
- 19 F-15D to Saudi Arabia 
- 20 F-15DJ built in Japan 
- 25 F-15I (F-15E) to Israel 
- Two F-15J to Japan 
- 72 F-15S to Saudi Arabia

Armament: One 20mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon, four AIM-7 Sparrow and four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, plus 15,000 lbs. mixed ordnance carried externally
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofans of 25,000 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed: Plus 1,600 mph (Mach 2.5)
Range: 3,450 miles with external fuel tanks
Service ceiling: 65,000 ft.
Span: 42 ft. 9 3/4 in.
Length: 63 ft. 9 in.
Height: 18 ft. 5 1/2 in.
Weight: 56,000 lbs. maximum
Crew: One

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