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McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle

The Eagle was designed in the late 1960s in response to an Air Force request for a new air superiority fighter.  The McDonnell-Douglas design was accepted by the Air Force in December 1969.  One of the primary requirements for the aircraft was that it be very maneuverable at a wide range of speeds and altitudes.  Many of the Eagle’s design features, including; the twin tails, two engines and large-area wing, are a result of this requirement.  At a normal weight the F-15A has a thrust to weight ratio of 1.17 to 1.  This means that for every pound of weight of the aircraft, the engines produce 1.17 pounds of thrust giving the Eagle the ability to accelerate straight up.  Later versions of the Eagle remain the primary air superiority fighter for the U.S. Air Force, but are being supplemented by the F-22 Raptor.

Service History:

Built by McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, St. Louis, Missouri and delivered to the USAF on June 28, 1976.

Jun 1976          1st Tactical Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Virginia.

May 1982        405th Tactical Training Wing, Luke AFB, Arizona.

Jul 1984           325th Tactical Training Wing, Tyndall AFB, Florida.

June 1992        Unit redesignated 325th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tyndall AFB, Florida.

April 1993       Loaned to Pima Air & Space Museum by the National Museum of the United States Air Force.


42 ft 9 in.


63 ft 9 in.


18 ft 5.5 in.


42,206 pounds (loaded)

Maximum Speed

Mach 2.5

Service Ceiling

62,000 ft


2,500 miles


Two Pratt & Whitney F-100-PW-100 with 23,930 pounds of thrust each



McDonnell Douglas

325th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tyndall AFB, Florida, 1992


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