"Terry W. Colvin" wrote:
> A new air superiority mount
> The F-15 was designed to succeed the same manufacturer's F-4 Phantom II, and
> first flew in July 1972 as a substantial twin-engined machine with advanced
> avionics, including a fly-by-wire control system and the very capable
> APG-63 radar. The type revealed phenomenal climb performance during trials,
> and began to enter service during January 1976.
> Technical data
> Type: McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle single-seat air superiority fighter
> with attack capability.
> Engines: two 23,950-lb (10,864-kg) reheated thrust Pratt & Whitney
> F100-P-100 turbofans.
> Performance: maximum speed 1,650+ mph (2,655+ km/h) or Mach 2.5+ at
> 36,000 ft (10,975 m); climb to 40,000 ft (12,190 m) in 1 minute 0 seconds;
> service ceiling 60,000 ft (18,290 m); range 2,878 miles (4,631 km) without
> FAST packs.
Have seen, when I worked on F-15A/B's, the mach meters on returning
planes as high as 3.2....
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