F-15 Eagle

32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
Soesterberg Air Base (Camp New Amsterdam)
The Netherlands

These photographs were taken in Aug 2003 at the Militaire Luchtvaart Museum in Soesterberg, The Netherlands. It's an a/c type that is very welcovered elsewhere so this walkaround consists of just a few images. Moreover, the day I took the pictures the temperature soared to 36 degrees centigrade, making this Scandinavian quite unwell ...

The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. The Eagle's air superiority is achieved through a mixture of maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. The F-15 has electronic systems and weaponry to detect, acquire, track and attack enemy aircraft while operating in friendly or enemy-controlled airspace. Its weapons and flight control systems are designed so one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat. It can penetrate enemy defense and outperform and outfight current or projected enemy aircraft.

The F-15's superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading. 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 (Military Analysis Network).

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