The Air Force took the wraps off its new F-15 "Eagle" fighter today in St.?
(a) Several scenes of workers during various stages of assembly of the F-15 "Eagle"
(b) Finished aircraft rolls out of the hanger on June 22, 1972
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Background: The Air Force took the wraps off its new F-15 "Eagle" fighter today in St. Louis, where officials described it as being "The first air superiority fighter built for the Air Force in more than twenty years."
Work out this first model of the F-15 began in January of 1970 at the McDonnel-Douglas Aircraft Corporation plant in St.-Louis. Air Force engineers say the "Eagle" will be a match for current and projected enemy fighters in speed, altitudes, and maneuverability. The single-place, fixed-wing fighter has two Part and Whitney advanced turbofan engine??? engines capital of speeds in excess of Mach 11 (twice the speed of sound).
Their new fighter had been engineered to weight less -- about 7,000 pounds less -- than our current fist-lien fighter, the F-4E Phantom. The F-15 engines, on the other hand, will develop up to one-third more thrust. It is 63 feet, 8 inches long and has a 42-foot, 8-inch wingspan.
The F-15 scheduled to make its first flight in July and is scheduled to enter the Air Force operational inventory in the mid-1970.