The F-15 Eagle family is a series of aircraft manufactured by Boeing IDS and McDonnell Douglas. The series is known for being one of the most effective fighter designs ever made, combining overall air and ground offensive power with all-weather capabilities and high maneuverability. Notably, the F-15 family has the achievement of having 104 total combat kills, and zero combat losses. It is also the first aircraft to have the Heads-up display or HUD.
- Main article: F-15C Eagle
The Eagle's air superiority is achieved through a mixture of unprecedented maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics, which during its introduction, was unrivaled. It can penetrate enemy defense and outperform and outfight almost any current enemy aircraft, including the ubiquitous MiG-29 Fulcrum and MiG-21 Fishbed. The F-15 has electronic systems and weaponry to detect, acquire, track and attack enemy aircraft while operating in friendly or enemy-controlled airspace. The Eagle can be armed with AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles or AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles on its lower fuselage corners, AIM-9L/M Sidewinder or AIM-120 missiles on two pylons under the wings, and an internal 20mm Gatling gun in the right wing root. The weapons and flight control systems are designed so one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat.The F-15 in all air forces had a combined air-to-air combat record of 104 kills to 0 losses as of May 2011.
The F-15's superior maneuverability, rate-of-climb 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. And as a result, the F-15 is one of the deadliest (and best) fighters ever built.
F-15E Strike EagleEdit
- Main article: F-15E Strike Eagle
The only advantage of the Strike Eagle (which was also known as the Beagle and the Mud Hen) over the Aardvark it replaced, is that it has comparable air-to-ground capability while retaining the F-15C's's outstanding air-to-air capability.
- Main article: F-15S/MTD
The F-15S/MTD (STOL/Maneuverability Technology Demonstrator) is an experimental technology demonstrator employed by NASA and built off of an F-15B airframe, initially used to test advancements in super-maneuverability and short take off and landing technologies. Initially funded as a military experiment, the F-15S/MTD was eventually aquisitioned by NASA and modified with multi-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles and ACTIVE (Advanced Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles) technologies, meant to improve aircraft control and survivability in combat. The aircraft was easily capable of pulling Pugachev's Cobra maneuver, and in its S/MTD form, was equipped with thrust reversers, able to slow the aircraft down in a fraction of the time compared to conventionally equipped fighters.
- Main article: F-15S
The F-15S is one of the five aircraft employed by the Z.O.E. units; to be specific, it is the aircraft manned by the fourth pilot, the Z.O.E. General in mission 19, "Kingpin". In Extra mode, it is the second to last aircraft unlocked, replacing the Su-35.
- Main article: F-15S/MT Eagle+
The weight is the same as a fully loaded F-15E Strike Eagle (Max take off weight). This is presumably because the F-15S/MT Eagle+ was used for long range/long loiter time patrol missions thus the need for a large fuel load. Also this airframe can take the role of an attack aircraft thanks to its excellent loadout capabilities and the ability of the airframe to sustain more damage as compared to the F-16C Fighting Falcon series. Engines were supposedly upgraded to provide the 1382 km/h advantage over the standard Strike Eagle to help in interception and long range penetration duties.
F-15SE Silent EagleEdit
- Main article: F-15SE Silent Eagle
The Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle is a proposed variant of the F-15E Strike Eagle, which incorporates stealth capabilities and an internal weapons bay. It is planned to be exported to nations such as Japan and South Korea should it ever reach the production stage. The F-15SE is one of several new aircraft introduced in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy.
Visibly this aircraft looks much like an F-15E. However it has angled vertical stabilizers for added stealth capability, and an slightly wider fuselage to incorporate four internal weapon bays.