Talk:McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

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F-15 in Siege of BeirutEdit

Saw with my own eyes a lot of F-15s heading up Hula valley to hit Beirut in August 1982. Don't understand why this is not in article. Believe was in Jerusalem Post next day, explained how they were using the radar shadow of the Golan Heights on the way up, and coming wide over the Med on the way back. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 170.28.136.41 (talk) 19:40, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

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ClimbEdit

There's a bit of a problem here. The article claims, under 'Design: Overview', that 'The F-15 can climb to 30,000 feet (9100m) in around 60 seconds.' It can't, obviously, that's absurd. The article goes on, 'The thrust output of the dual engines is greater than the aircraft's combat weight, so it has the ability to accelerate vertically.' Again, this is absurd. And the 'Specification' section gives a 'climb rate' of 50,000 feet per minute, which is again absurd. That is the peak climb rate which the aircraft momentarily achieves on climb-out at max afterburn. It is not the sustained climb rate, which is 20,000 feet per minute or less. As Wing Commander Brian Carroll explains, the F-15 in combat trim takes about 2.5 minutes to 36,000 feet, the same as the English Electric Lightning, which was designed and first produced 20 years earlier. http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/lightning/memories.php On YouTube you can see cockpit video of a Lightning T5's altimeter hitting 60,000 feet per minute (1,000 feet per second, 680mph in the vertical) during a time-to-climb exercise in South Africa. The Lightning was clean, without missiles, and was light on fuel, but on the other hand it was a two-seater with a wide wind-resisting canopy. In service, a combat-loaded Lightning would easily break Mach 1 in dry power in a 40-degree max-rate climb, leading to complaints from the public about the bang, if the pilot didn't watch it. As for the F-15's engine thrust equalling combat weight, of course it doesn't. The Pratt F100-220s develop at best 47,540lb thrust in max afterburn. At combat load the F-15 weighs 55,000 - 68,000lb, giving a thrust-to-weight between 1.15 and 1.43 to 1. (The Lightning's, at take-off weight of 41,700 - 45,750lb with a thrust of 32,600lb from twin RR Avon 301Rs at max afterburn, was 1.28 to 1.40 to 1.) The F-15, of course, would be carrying a lot more fuel and armament, and much more sophisticated radar, than the Lightning -- that's what 20 years of progress at a time of very rapid technical advances will do for you -- but it certainly can't climb any faster, and to claim max initial climb rate as sustained climb rate is to deceive the reader. Khamba Tendal (talk) 19:26, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

production will end in 2022?Edit

its true that The high cost of the F15, the lack of stealth, the only 3 exports, and production of the more versatile F-35 will lend to the end of F-15 production? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kalininos (talkcontribs) 23:17, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

Switch photoEdit

That photo being used there isn't really that good of an in-flight photo. So, I have come to ask you if I can replace it with this new photo.

 
Late-series F-15 in Nevada.

73.230.178.114 (talk) 14:57, 3 September 2020 (UTC)

No. The previous image shows the aircraft at a better angle, and without the dark background. BilCat (talk) 20:31, 4 September 2020 (UTC)

Can Somebody please add F-15EX variant?Edit

Its pretty important addition, now that US is going to buy it. F.Alexsandr (talk) 17:31, 29 September 2020 (UTC)

From the top of the Variants section:
BilCat (talk) 17:40, 29 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Yes, using one's eyes and reading can be very helpful. ;) -Fnlayson (talk) 17:59, 29 September 2020 (UTC)
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