Air International 1984-03
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Tangential carriage of bombs on the conformal fuel tanks of the F-15, now adopted as a standard arrangement, is shown here on the F-15C used for trials that demonstrated the substantial performance gains obtained through reduced drag.
4 июня 1980г.: первый F-15J американской постройки для ВВС Японии поднялся в воздух в Сент-Луисе, Миссури. Самолет был передан Японии 15 июля.
As well as its production for the USAF, the F-15 is being or has been produced by McDonnell Douglas for export to three other countries - Japan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Two-seat F-15DJs are assembled in Japan from kits supplied by the parent company hut the single-seat F-15J is built by Mitsubishi almost wholly from original parts.
One of the 62 Eagles supplied to date to the Royal Saudi Air Force.
One of the F-15's new capabilities, introduced on production aircraft through the current MSIP-II programme, will be to carry the Boeing/Vought anti-satellite (ASAT) missile, seen here on the centreline of a trials aircraft.
One of four F-15s used during 1983 in a series of demonstration and evaluation flights in connection with the USAF's Dual Role Fighter programme was the original two-seat F-15B Strike Eagle, now in standard USAF grey finish. It is seen here carrying four AIM-9L Sidewinder AAMs, 12 500-lb (227-kg) Mk 82 bombs and a FLIR pod on the fuselage centreline.
One of four F-15s used during 1983 in a series of demonstration and evaluation flights in connection with the USAF's Dual Role Fighter programme was the original two-seat F-15B Strike Eagle, now in standard USAF grey finish. It is seen here carrying four AIM-9L Sidewinder AAMs, 12 500-lb (227-kg) Mk 82 bombs and a FLIR pod on the fuselage centreline.
An impression of an F-15B as it would be modified to meet the requirements of the USAF's STOL and Manoeuver Technology Demonstration programme, with canard foreplanes and rectangular thrust vectoring and reversing nozzles.