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Although the F-15 Eagle, now produced by Boeing, first flew in 1972, it remains among the highest speed, fastest accelerating, most maneuverable aircraft in the world today. It can fly missions day and night, and in virtually all weather conditions.
The F-15 Eagle can perform both as a fighter and bomber. It has the range, performance, and avionics to achieve penetration of enemy systems and overcome threats from the ground or air.
A high power to weight ratio and a computerized engine control system enable the F-15 Eagle to achieve a long range, excellent acceleration, plus a high top speed. The aircraft has a relatively low wing loading, enabling excellent maneuverability and slow speed performance.
The twin seat version of the F-15 Eagle has enhanced all-weather and deep interdiction mission capabilities. Avionics include four display screens that include radar, electronic warfare, infrared sensing, all around ground to air threat assessment, target selection, and a moving navigation map.
The model E "Strike Eagle" is crewed by the pilot and a WSO in the back seat. It can carry some 24,000 lbs. of ordnance. Its missions may include strategic strike and interdiction.
The radar and navigation systems provide the crew information for ground hugging to high altitude missions. The radar provides information on the range, altitude, and airspeed of aircraft at ranges exceeding 100 miles.
The F-15 Eagle pilot and WSO are able to monitor numerous displays which are accessible while enabling the pilot to keep his hands on the controls of the aircraft during demanding flying conditions.
The F-15 model E has acceleration that is 40% better than prior models due to updated digital engine systems. Its engines can go from idle to maximum afterburner in less than four seconds, yet their fuel use has decreased by about six percent.
The airframe of the model E is capable of maneuvering at plus or minus nine times the force of gravity. This can be of lifesaving value during maneuvers such as evading incoming missiles.
The flight control system of the F-15 Eagle allows it to fly at speeds ranging from just above stall to supersonic maximums while providing complete control.
The F-15 Eagle is exported throughout the world. Its first action in combat came with the Israeli Air Force when F-15 aircraft downed Syrian jet fighters in 1977. Israeli aircraft had additional victories over Syrian jets in 1982.
U.S. F-15 Eagle aircraft first saw action when they downed some 36 Iraqi aircraft during the Gulf War, and four Serbian jets in 1999 during the Balkans conflict.
To date about 1,600 F-15 Eagle aircraft in all versions have been produced.
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