Air International 2013-05
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R.Niccoli - Baz the Israeli F-15 /Military/
Close-up of the training rounds carried by an F-15C: radar-guided AIM-7M Sparrows on the fuselage and Python 3 infrared-guided missiles under the wing. Because the Python 3 is smaller than the AIM-9 Sidewinder, carriage requires Magrefa adaptors.
F-15C 575 undergoes final checks from the ground crew before a mission.
Conformal fuel tanks provide an additional 1,500 gallons of fuel for the F-15 Baz.
All models of Israeli F-15s have been upgraded to the same standard under the Baz AUP programme carried out between 1998 and 2005.
F-15A 658 wears two kill symbols for Syrian Air Force MiGs and the name Typhoon in Hebrew.
F-15A 620 (US Air Force serial number 72-0116) was one of the first four FSD aircraft to arrive at Tel Nof in December 1976. Note the small dorsal airbrake, typical of the pre-production series airframes.
F-15A 667 wears a kill symbol for a Syrian Air Force MiG and the name 'Cyclone', in Hebrew.
The buzzard motif painted on the external side of the tail of F-15D 733 was adopted in 2002 for Baz AUP-modified aircraft.
F-15D 957 wears the name Skyblazer and four-and-a-half kill symbols for Syrian Air Force MiGs shot down including three Floggers on November 19, 1985.
F-15B 408 was one of the first two delivered under the Peace Fox 1 programme in 1977. The aircraft is seen at Izmir, Turkey in June 2001.
Three F-15Ds assigned to 'The Point of the Spear' Squadron lined up on the runway at Decimomannu AB, Sardinia, during Exercise Vega 2010. The unit adopted the red arrow markings on the internal tail surface in 1991. Aircraft 979 is equipped with an Elta EL/L-8222 ECM pod on the forward fuselage station.
F-15B Baz 111, in the colours of 'The Point of the Spear' Squadron, is a former US Air Force aircraft delivered under the Peace Fox V programme between 1991 and 1992.
F-15D 733, clearly showing the radome housing the satellite communication system aft of the canopy.