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McDonnell Douglas F-15A Oregon ANG

36.3k EngineerOtaku  1.4 years ago

Background
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Built upon the harsh realities and lessons dealt out from Vietnam, the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is often considered one of the world's finest air superiority fighters ever built. Second in the "Teen series" of American jets and following the trends set by the earlier F-14 Tomcat, the Eagle is a single-seat, twin-engine Gen 4 fighter. Designed with oversight by a group of Air Force officers and defense designers called the Fighter Mafia, the F-15 is commonly described as the first US aircraft built specifically for air-to-air combat since the F-86 Sabre some 27 years prior.
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The Eagle is quite a large bird, though uniquely svelte; it is roughly 63-64ft long with a wingspan over 40ft, yet it weighs only 28,000lbs empty. Powered by twin Pratt & Whitney F100 turbofan engines the F-15 can hit Mach 2.5 at its service ceiling of over 60,000ft. It is the first US fighter with a true thrust/weight ratio over 1.00, allowing it the capability to accelerate in a climb or even in hard turns. The F-15 was built in response to growing concerns over the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat, but hard pushback from the Fighter Mafia focused the jet back into an agile but still hard-hitting package. It features a simple swept wing of a unique airfoil design, twin tails, all-moving tailerons, traditional flaps and ailerons with no leading edge slats, and variable geometry intakes that maximize the best airflow for the engine. It is armed with an internal M61A1 20mm Vulcan and can be fitted with Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles, plus three drop tanks for extended range. "Not a pound for air-to-ground" was a popular motto meant to keep the F-15 on track as a pure dogfighter.
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To say its track record has been glowing is an understatement; used by Japan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the US, and South Korea it has racked up over 100 kills to no air losses, spanning numerous conflicts over its 40+ years of service. It has proven so durable an Israeli F-15D landed on one wing after an air collision thanks to its construction and lifting-body properties. It has remained feared for all its life and will continue to be so until it is finally laid to rest. This example is an F-15A from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, 123rd Fighter Squadron "Redhawks" and armed with four AIM-7F and four AIM-9P missiles, plus two 610gal drop tanks. In particular this Eagle bears the red tail marking of the CAG aircraft; most regular 142nd F-15's have a grey hawk emblem instead.

Group1 - Tailhook (NOT a navy plane, let's be clear)
Group3 - Flaps down (auto-retract with landing gear)
Group4 - Airbrake
Group5 - jettison tanks
Group8 - Master arm, disable/enable AN/APG-63 radar

I borrowed many of the techniques used in the F-14A build, but to be totally honest...I dunno if those elements came together as well here. Still I'm proud to finally have a proper F-15 Eagle in my collection, and one that represents my home state's ANG too. Stay safe, be well, and enjoy!

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General Characteristics

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  • Wingspan 42.6ft (13.0m)
  • Length 63.4ft (19.3m)
  • Height 19.0ft (5.8m)
  • Empty Weight 31,643lbs (14,353kg)
  • Loaded Weight 53,185lbs (24,124kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.774
  • Wing Loading 53.2lbs/ft2 (259.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,000.3ft2 (92.9m2)
  • Drag Points 5059

Parts

  • Number of Parts 550
  • Control Surfaces 6
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    @SyntheticL sur, go ahead. :)

    +1 11 months ago
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    25.3k SyntheticL

    Hello @EngineerOtaku ,
    I am building an F-15 by myself. But i met problem with mach rings... could I borrow some stuff on your eagle and modify them on my plane?

    11 months ago
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    40.1k KnightOfRen

    @EngineerOtaku
    As a proud oregonian, I am very happy to see an F-15 in my home states ANG. One of my former teachers worked on these as well, on the 123RD Squadron planes. Thank you for making this excellent replica that represents my home state!

    one year ago
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    40.1k KnightOfRen

    @CobraHueyIndustries
    A, B, C, D, E,

    1.1 years ago
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    25.3k SyntheticL

    @EngineerOtaku ok

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    @BubbleLukasie I might give it a shot. I do want to keep making more than just US or Soviet/Russian fighters, which has kind of been my focus unconsciously (hence the Japanese F-1). Also you say the Rafale-C, which is the Air Force single seater; I'll be sure to look for the appropriate blueprint when I get to it.
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    @SwiftFoxe ...Hmmm...I'm a bit reserved when it comes to stealth aircraft just because I don't think my panelwork is good enough to make a full aircraft using that technique COUGHF-22COUGH. I'll keep the YF-23 in mind for a future project, but it ain't happening soon - especially with me doing Uni summer classes

    1.3 years ago
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    @BubbleLukasie or YF-23 Lynx

    1.3 years ago
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    25.3k SyntheticL

    may i request a dassault rafale c(hasseur) please

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    Lol. That’s funny. I wonder how many Oregonians are actually on here.@EngineerOtaku

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    @Cobrahuey It's my home state too :) Figured I would try something fun for this build. It was that or an Ace Combat marking set (COUGHpixyorcipherCOUGH)

    1.3 years ago
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    DONT SEARCH IT UP@KnightOfRen

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    What models are there then?@KnightOfRen

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    40.1k KnightOfRen

    Big fan of the F-15! @Cobrahuey

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    Yeah.@KnightOfRen

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    40.1k KnightOfRen

    Good to see something that I am very familiar with! @Cobrahuey

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    I know!@KnightOfRen

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    40.1k KnightOfRen

    Awesome!! It looks great @Cobrahuey

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    @KnightOfRen Here’s an Oregon F-15!

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    Omg! My teacher is a mechanic for the 123rd. Thanks for putting my states ANG in your build!

    +4 1.3 years ago
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    Ayyy 69 upvotes, nice

    1.3 years ago
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    @Mikey101234 HAH! I was so hoping that was the case! XD

    1.3 years ago
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    4,249 Mikey101234

    Turns out you can fly this thing in a level flight with only one wing like in real life

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    25.3k SyntheticL

    @EngineerOtaku well.. in fact i beilieve the MiG-29 isn't any better than F-15 by maneuvering.

    1.3 years ago
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    5,616 ainanen

    the 1.7 t/w ratio with no brim

    +2 1.3 years ago
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    @UFNNICF5TF In terms of the technology advantage I don't feel like it's fair to judge the Su-27 (assuming we're talking plain jane original Su-27 and not the SM1,SM2, etc) with the latest and most advanced F-15C. If we must compare the two I wouldn't go any further than the model of F-15C that was concurrent to the introduction of the Flanker-B, or to be EXTRA fair the F-15A and Flanker-B. In that case we're a bit more even tech-wise and the Flanker is arguably more agile than the Eagle (hypermaneuverability vs energy fighting)
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    Honestly I don't think either fighter is obviously better; it all comes down to who's in the seat and who makes the fatal mistake first. The Eagle has shot down MiG-29's before and that fighter is often said to have much better overall maneuvering.

    1.3 years ago
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