The McDonnel Douglas F-15 is one of America"s newest and best fighters, often referred to as the Eagle. The F-15 Eagle is powered by two Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-101 turbofan engines, each of which can develop approximately 25,000 pounds of thrust. This propels the F-15 at 915 mph at sea level (1472 kph) or at 36,000 feet (11,000 meters) the F-15 reaches speeds 1650 mph (2,650 kph) or Mach 2.5. The air superiority fighter, as it is called, has a combat range of 1,120 miles (1,800 kilometers) and a ferry range of 2,980 miles (4,800 kilometers) and with Fast Pack auxiliary tanks the F-15 can ferry up to 3,450 miles (5,560 kilometers).
The F-15 Eagle carries a heavy and formidable array of weaponry. Each F-15 carries a 20 mm M-61A-1 rotary cannon with 950 rounds of ammunition. In addition, the F-15 carries a 20 mm M-61A-1 rotary cannon with 950 rounds of ammunition. In addition, the F-15 carries four AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles and four AIM-7F Sparrow anti-aircraft missiles. In addition to this, the F-15 has four more wing stations and a fuselage station, which are capable of lifting 15,000 pounds (6,800 kilograms) of stores or armament. With this combination of speed and punch, the F-15 is considered more than a match for anything the Soviet Union or any other potential enemy of the United States and its allies can put in the air.
The F-15 was first flown in a production model on July 27, 1972 and the two seater training version of the Eagle was first flown on July 7, 1973. The two seater version is planned to be a trainer, although it may have further applications later on in the development of the aircraft. As it is presently planned, every seventh aircraft acquired will be a two seater version. Current acquisition plans for the F-15 Eagle show that the U.S. Air Force will have over 700 of this aircraft, with future acquisition of future models still unplanned. In addition, the F-15 has been accepted for sercice in several other countries. The Israeli Air Force received its first F-15 December 10, 1976 and will receive an initial group of 25 Eagles. Future deliveries of the Eagle to the Israeli Air Force will be a matter for the U.S Congress and the President of the United States. The F-15 has also been selected for use by the Japanese Self Defense Forces as the mainstay fighter for the 1980"s. The initial group of Japanese aircraft will be deliveries and later on in the program Japanese co-production is planned. The F-15 has also been accepted for service with the Royal Saudi Air Force. The F-15 Eagle will equip 19 U.S.A.F. squadrons and a smaller number of squadrons in service with other countries. Further sales of the F-15 are not anticipated at the present time due to the technological level of the aircraft.
The F-15 Eagle Air Superiority Fighter is one of the most maneuverable and technically sophisticated aircraft in the world today. It is the first U.S.A.F. fighter designed for air superiority since the 1940"s and is capable of fighter sweep, escort, combat air patrol, close air support and air interdiction. This Tamiya model represents the finest scale representation possible of this fighter aircraft. It has been constructed with the most advanced techniques in plastic model making and is worthy in terms of technological advancement of the F-15 Eagle.