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Eagle - Aircraft Profile - McDonnel Douglas : Eagle

Eagle

Manufacturer : McDonnel Douglas
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Production Began : 1972
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The McDonnel Douglas (now part of Boeing ) F-15 Eagle has been the USAFs primary air superiority fighter for more than two decades. McDonnell Douglas won the competition to develop this aircraft in 1969 over competing proposals from North American Rockwell and Fairchild Hiller. The Eagle was designed to counter the threat of new Soviet fighters like the Mig-25. The first development versions of the Eagle flew in 1972. Designed as a single pilot, twin-turbofan, all weather fighter, the Eagle had far superior acceleration and maneuverability compared to the aircraft it would replace. The F-15A was capable of speeds in excess of 1600-MPH and had an operational ceiling of nearly 70,000 feet. Although the attack role was a secondary design consideration, the Eagle can carry an impressive bomb load of more than eight tons (externally mounted.) The F-15 is a large, very sophisticated aircraft. It is considered among the most successful modern fighters with over 100 aerial combat victories with no losses Since the 1970s, the Eagle has also been exported to Japan, Isreal and Saudi Arabia. Despite originally being envisaged as a pure air superiority aircraft, the design proved also to be an all-weather strike derivative, and in 1989 the later development version the F-15E Strike Eagle entered service. The F-15 is expected to be in service with the U.S. Air Force until 2025.

Eagle

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In the Talons of Eagles by Stan Stokes.

Signatures for : Eagle
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USAF Gen John T Chain Jr

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USAF Gen John T Chain Jr

Gen. Chain served for nearly five years as the next-to-last Commanding Officer of the Strategic Air Command. Gen. Chain is a command pilot with 5,000 flying hours, including 400 combat hours. He has flown more than forty-five different military aircraft. He is also a master parachutist with sixty-six jumps to his credit. The General was born December 11, 1934 in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended the Fork Union Military Academy and earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1956. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program, and earned his pilots wings in 1957. General Chain flew F-100s with the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing at Toule-Rosieres Air Base in France, and with the 417th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He later served as flight examiner with the 524th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Base in New Mexico. In June of 1964 he was assigned to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky where he served as a forward air controller with the 101st Airborne Division. At Ft. Campbell, the General became a master parachutist and flew 0-1s and F84s. In 1966, he flew combat missions out of Tan Son Nhut in Vietnam as an adviser, prior to being assigned to Washington where he served as an exchange officer with the Dept. of State. In 1971 he graduated from the National War College and concurrently earned a masters degree in international affairs from George Washington University. General Chain returned to combat flying in 1972 when he flew F-4s out of Thailand. He was appointed Deputy Commander of the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing in California upon his return. Later he was transferred to Langley Air Base in Virginia, with the F-15 equipped 1st Tactical Fighter Wing. He served in various capacities and eventually assumed command of the Wing. In 1978 he was promoted to Brigadier General and was the military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. General Chain's numerous awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with ten oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, the Combat Readiness Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with four stars, the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters, the Republic ietnam Distinguished Medal, just to name a few.


John Kane

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John Kane

John Kane graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in June of 1976. He completed his basic pilot training at Williams AFB. Following completion of his basic flight training Kane was assigned to the 95th Fighter Interceptor Training Squadron at Tynadall AFB. Here John flew the T-33 and served as an Instructor Pilot, Mission Flight Leader, and Functional Test Pilot. In 1980 he was reassigned to the 49t11 Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Griffiss AF13 flying the F-106. During his four years at Griffiss flying the F106, Kane actually flew the aircraft (067) depicted in Stan Stokes painting when it was on loan from Castle AFB. Kane did not get to do many interceptions while at Griffiss as they were out of the way. He did scramble several times to intercept Soviet recon aircl aft deploying from Dolon Airbase to Cuba. John also ejected from an F-106 (071) in June of 1981. Later in his career Kane would transition to the F-16 which he flew with the 363rd TFW out of Shaw AFB. From 1987-1997, John was stationed at Otis AF13 in Massachusetts with the 102nd Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. At Otis John would also fly the F-15. Most of John's Cold War scrambles were in the F-16 and F-15 flying out of Norway on deployment with the 363rd TFW or out of Iceland during deployments with the Air National Guard. John now flys 737-200s out of Chicago for United Airlines. The Kanes reside in Nottingham, New Hampshire.


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