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Strike Eagle: The specs

By From staff reports
Published in News on April 28, 2013 1:50 AM


The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather.


The F-15's superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through its high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low-wing loading. It was the first U.S. operational aircraft whose engines' thrust exceeded the plane's loaded weight, permitting it to accelerate even while in vertical climb. Low-wing loading (the ratio of aircraft weight to its wing area) is a vital factor in maneuverability and, combined with the high thrust-to-weight ratio, enables the aircraft to turn tightly without losing airspeed.

The first flight of the F-15A was made in July 1972. In November 1974, the first Eagle was delivered to the 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where training began in both F-15A and B aircraft. In January 1976, the first F-15 destined for a combat squadron was delivered to the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

The single-seat F-15C and two-seat F-15D models entered the Air Force inventory in 1979 and were first delivered to Kadena Air Base, Japan. These models were equipped with production Eagle package improvements, including 2,000 pounds of additional internal fuel, provisions for carrying exterior conformal fuel tanks, and increased maximum takeoff weight of 68,000 pounds.

The first production model of the F-15E was delivered to the 405th Tactical Training Wing, Luke Air Force Base in April 1988.

General Characteristics

Primary function: Air-to-ground attack aircraft

Contractor: The Boeing Company

Power plant: Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 or 229 turbofan engines with afterburners

Thrust: 25,000 to 29,000 pounds per engine

Wingspan: 42.8 feet

Length: 63.8 feet

Height: 18.5 feet

Weight: 37,500 pounds

Maximum takeoff weight: 81,000 pounds

Fuel capacity: 35,550 pounds

Payload: depends upon mission

Speed: 1,875 mph

Range: 2,400 miles ferry range with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks

Ceiling: 60,000 feet

Armament: One 20mm multibarrel gun mounted internally with 500 rounds of ammunition. Four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and four AIM-120 AMRAAM, or eight AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles. Any air-to-surface weapon in the Air Force inventory (nuclear and conventional)

Crew: Pilot and weapon systems officer

Unit cost: $31.1 million

Initial operating capability: September 1989