Boeing F-15 Family
The F-15 design has proved impressively versatile with the aircraft first taking to the sky almost 50 years ago and yet still remains in production. The F-15 Eagle was designed by McDonnell Douglas, now part of Boeing, to meet a US Air Force requirement for an air superiority fighter, though it can also perform ground attack. With 101 aerial victories and no defeats, the fighter has proven its worth and gone on to be the basis for multi-role F-15 Strike Eagle variants.
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Colonel Douglas C (‘Disco’) Dildy (USAF Ret) describes his time as the commander of the 32nd Fighter Squadron at Soesterberg Air Base in the Netherlands, which flew the F-15 Eagle.
The USAF’s 4th FW – based at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina – has received a single F-15C Eagle from Nellis AFB, Nevada, to help alleviate the training burden on its fleet of F-15E Strike Eagle multi-role fighters
The 48th Fighter Wing’s 493rd Fighter Squadron has specially painted one of its F-15Cs to mark the end of its operations with the Eagle
Full, large scale operational tests with the US Air Force’s first two Boeing F-15EX Eagle IIs recently got underway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The 57th Wing at Nellis announced on October 22 that the new type’s first-ever operational test missions were being undertaken at Nellis from October 18-25, paired with F-15Cs and F-15Es
History of the McDonnell Douglas F-15
Born and raised as a McDonnell Douglas jet in the early 1970s, the F-15 Eagle is the world’s greatest post-war fighter aircraft with a kill tally of over 100 for no losses.
In the late 1970s, a US Air Force requirement for a tactical strike aircraft resulted in the F-15E Strike Eagle. Designed as a multi-role aircraft, like its F-15 Eagle sister ship, the F-15E is also proven in combat, and remains the US Air Force’s tactical strike aircraft of choice, one with a lethal air-to-air
capability and bucketloads of performance.
When McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing in August 1997, the F-15 became a Boeing branded aircraft - a time when Boeing was only building variants of the Strike Eagle. Orders were thin on the ground, and in 2001, no F-15 deliveries were made. It was the only dud year in the programme’s 48-year history. International orders for variants of the F-15 Advanced Eagle turned the programme’s fortune around. Deliveries continued to Singapore, the Republic of South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.