The McDonnell Douglas F-15 EAGLE

Newtown Elementary
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland

By Adam P. and Ian C. (Grade 5)

The McDonnel Douglas F-15 Eagle is a long-range, high-speed air superiority fighter. It has one pilot. It can carry extra fuel tanks or extra ECM (electronic countermeasures). It has a length of 19.43 metres, a wingspan of 13.05 metres, and a height of 5.63 metres. It weighs 12,973 kilograms when it is empty, and 30,845 kilograms when full. Its maximum speed is Mach 2.5, its range is 4,631 kilometres, and its maximum altitude is 60,000 feet. It's thrust is 47,540 pounds with afterburner.

It is armed with one 20 mm Vulcan cannon, 11 hardpoints which can carry four AIM-7 sparrows, four AIM-120 AMRAAM (advanced medium range air-to-air missile) or four AIM-9 sidewinders. Its avionics include the Huges APG-70 synthetic aperture radar, the Kaiser holographic head-up-display system, an Elbit display and a sight helmet (DASH). It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 low-bypass turbofan engines.

There are many different variations of the F-15. There is an F-15D trainer, an F-15J for Japan, an F-15I for Israel and an F-15E Strike Eagle with more weaponry. The F-15 Eagle was developed by McDonnell Douglas in the 1960s and 1970s as a well-needed superiority fighter. The Eagle first flew on July 27, 1972. It is similar to the F-4. On February 26, 1979, the first F-15C took to the air.

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