The F-15 was the first jet fighter built in the U.S. with enough power and thrust to accelerate vertically. It is a twin-engine, all weather, high-performance air superiority fighter jet, known for having amazing acceleration and maneuverability. The F-15 has a top speed of more than 1,600 mph, which exceeds Mach 2.5 (2.5 times the speed of sound).
The F-15 has room to carry a variety of armaments, which include AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, the Small Diameter Bomb I, built by Boeing, the Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and the Laser JDAM weapons, plus an internal Gatling Gun (20 mm), all critical for modern air engagements.
An F-15A, called the Streak Eagle initially flew out of North Dakota’s Grand Forks Air Force Base and broke the time-to-climb world record more than once. From January 16, 1975 to February 1, 1975, the Streak Eagle literally broke 8 time-to-climb world records. In just 3 minutes it flew to an altitude of 98,425 feet, coasting to almost 103,000 feet into the sky before descending.
F-15 Eagles, being flown by Israel’s Air Force were the very first fighters to go against a real adversary in the air. They were able to down more than 50 Syrian fighters without any losses of their own. F-15C, D and E variant models were major players in the 1991 Operation Desert Storm war, with the planes claiming 32 of 36 U.S. Air Force air-to-air victories as well as striking Iraqi ground targets. Fighting on behalf of the U.S. Air Force, the F-15 Eagle came up against MIG fighters in the Balkan war and successfully downed all of them.
The F-15E Strike Eagle had to be developed to meet the requirements set by the U.S. Air Force for air-to-ground missions. With its 23,000 pounds of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons and its built-in advanced navigation including an infrared targeting system, the F-15 is a formidable fighter that can go against any of today’s fighter aircraft anywhere in the world. These innovations enable the Strike Eagle to maintain a low altitude while flying at top speeds, even at night and in bad weather.
The F-15 remains undefeated in air-to-air combat missions, having achieved 101 aerial victories with 0 defeats.