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|Eagle||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.|
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