The F-15A Eagle is an all-weather fighter designed to gain and maintain air supremacy. As the first U.S. fighter with engine thrust greater than its basic weight, the F-15A can accelerate while in a vertical climb. Its great power, light weight, and large wing area combine to make the Eagle a very agile fighter. The USAF ordered more than 350 A models for operational service.
The Eagle first flew on July 27, 1972, at Edwards AFB, Calif., and it has been produced in single-seat (F-15A and C) and two-seat versions (F-15B and D) over its many years of USAF service. The two-seat F-15E Strike Eagle version is a dual-role fighter that can engage both ground and air targets. Also, various models of F-15s are used by Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Singapore and South Korea.
Manufactured in 1976 by McDonnell Douglas Aircraft (now part of the Boeing Co.) at St. Louis, Mo., the F-15A on display (S/N 74‐0117) flew with Tactical Air Command units at Luke AFB, Ariz., and the Air National Guard at NAS New Orleans, La. Removed from the USAF inventory in 1991, it served as a maintenance trainer at Langley AFB, Va., before being delivered to the museum in 2013. It is painted to represent an aircraft of the 1st Fighter Wing.
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: 1,600+ mph (Mach 2.5)
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